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International students 
adjust to life at NSU 

Prienstorfer and De Poorter arrive on foreign exchange 
Page 5 



Basketball coach retires 
after 17 years 

Coach James Smith says, "It's time to 
move on." 
Page 10 

Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004 

Volume 90 • Issue 4 

Students serving students at 
Northwestern State University since 1914 

First copies free to NSU students and staff 
50 cents per copy otherwise 

Sauce on the Side 

Mathews new activities director 

Jeff Mathews, Northwestern 's new director of Student 
Activities and Organizations, has made future plans for 
the Student Activities Board and how it can continue to 
benefit and improve NSU students this academic year. 

Mathews, a native of Bossier City, graduated from 
NSU in 1990 and received his master's degree at the 
University of Northern Texas. 

Mathews taught at NSU in the music program for six 
years and was director of the Spirit of Northwestern 
Demon Marching Band. 

Currently, Mathews is in the process of completing his 
doctorate at the University of Southern Mississippi, with 
12 hours remaining. 

This is Mathews' first administrative job. 

When Carl Henry, the former director of Student 
Activities and Organizations, retired this summer, Math- 
ews noticed the job was open and applied. Part of the 
application process was listing 10 personal goals. One 
of Mathews' goals was to enter university life in admin- 
istration to be there for the students. To his surprise, 
he was hired. 

"This job still offers opportunities to be around stu- 
dents, which was my favorite part of being a teacher," 
Mathews said. 

As the new director, Mathews said he plans to have 
the SAB work to continue its past successes and also to 
expand the number of student activities so students 
can see that SAB is working for them. 

Lora Sheppard 

Biology department receives 
endowed professorship 

University President Randall Webb and other mem- 
bers cf the faculty, staff and administration gathered in 
Russell Hall to receive a check for $40,000 as part of a 
fund to set up an endowed professorship in the biology 

Webb stood before Natchitoches' Mayor Wayne 
McCullen, representatives of the Board of Regents and 
the University of Louisiana System to receive the check 
^ for $40,000 Monday afternoon. The check presentation 
1 took place in the Natchitoches Room in Russell Hall at 
3:30 p.m. 

Webb said he was happy to have been given such a 
contribution. He said that when the University gets 
such a donation the administrators try hard to put the 
money to use in helping students. The money received, 
he continued, will be used to create a professor position 
in the biology department. The Board of Regents has 
also made plans to match the check to help create the 
endowed position. 

The check from Monday's presentation came from the 
Coypu Foundation, an organization that gives out 
9rants to groups that study biology. Webb said Julie 
Callihan, a local resident to Natchitoches, played the 
biggest role in helping the university obtain the grant 
from Coypu. 

Callihan said that after she asked the Coypu Founda- 
tion to consider Northwestern as the next recipient of 
their grant, she then told the university about her 
request and NSU made a formal application to the 

Kyle A. Carter 

Symphony holds sponsorship 

The Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Society will 
hold a sponsorship drive Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 5 p.m. 
Until 7 p.m. at the NSU President's Home. 

Memberships are available at five levels. Sponsor level 
is $50 and includes two season tickets while the Patron 
level is $100 and offers three season tickets. The Bene- 
factor level is $250 and includes four season tickets. 

Gold underwriters contribute at the $500 level and 
receive four season tickets plus four table tickets for 
the annual Pops concert, two tickets for any musical or 
9ala, one-eighth page ad in the program and a decal 
With the symphony logo. 

A donation of $1,000 or more entitles donors to Plat- 
inum underwriters benefits which includes six season 
tickets plus eight table tickets for the annual Pops con- 
cert, two tickets for any musical or gala, one-fourth 
Page ad in the program and a decal with the symphony 

Courtesy NSU News Bureau 

Pads sunk by rain 

By Kyle A. Carter 

News Editor 

With the start of the semes- 
ter, NSU students can see the 
latest addition to the commu- 
nity in the form of the Frog 
Pond Apartments. 

The Frog Pond Apartments, 
located across from campus 
next to Brookshire's parking, 
were scheduled to be finished 
in time for the start of the 2004 
fall semester. Julia Coleman, 
property manager for Frog 
Pond, said the construction 
crew faced, major setbacks 
due to large amounts of rain. 

"We had a tremendous 
amount of rain," Coleman 
said. "The rain was a tremen- 
dous detriment to where we 
wanted to be on opening 

Jack Mansen, project man- 
ager, said his contractors had 
to deal with 96 days of rain. 
He said that in the months of 

' . • Leslie Westbrook/ the Current Sauce 

me Frog Pond Apartments as they reach compeletion on September 1. The apartments were supposed 
to be finished by August 20 but because of set backs from rain they are still under construction. 
February, May and especially they dealt with about 25 out time, some of the apartment 
June, they experienced the of 30 days of rain that varied construction was impossible 
most amount of rain. He also form a drizzle to a monsoon, when much of his building 
said that in the month of June Mansen said that during this crew had to deal with three 

feet of mud. 

"Weather was the biggest 
impact," Mansen said. "We 
hired and had sufficient con- 
tractors to do the work and 
competent crews; the rain 
was just a problem." 

Mansen also said that early 
in the construction phase, 
some of the contractors had 
trouble getting building 
materials. He said they had a 
hard time finding supplies 
because many needed items 
were being sent to help 
rebuild Iraq. 

Mansen said because of an 
economic boom in China, the 
country started buying up 
large amounts of metals need- 
ed by the Frog Pond contrac- 
tors to help complete their 

These caused an increase in 
construction supplies and a 
more competitive struggle to 
obtain needed materials. 

■ See Frog Pond, page 2 

Wireless Internet now active on campus 

By Robert Tummons 

Sauce Reporter 

This fall, to the interest of 
many students who are tech- 
nology junkies, a handful of 
locations on campus have 
become wireless hotspots. 
This will allow students with 
laptops or personal data 
assistants with the right hard- 
ware to access the Internet, 
check their e-mail or just 
instant message their friends 
from wherever they stand. 

However, with locations 
such as Prather Coliseum, 
Roy Hall, the President's 
Office and Leesville's cam- 
pus, some students wonder 
why the locations chosen are 
not in the most accessible 

; "The basic goal is to pro- 
vide as many locations on 
campus for students to con- 
nect at any time," Tracy 
Brown, director of technical 
services, said. "The dream is 
to have the entire campus 
wireless one day, so that any- 
one with a laptop can get 

online wherever they might 

Dreams or not, the hotspots 
already in place on campus 
have raised questions by 
many students. 

"I really don't go to those 
places that much," said 
Phylisca Gibson, a business 
administration sophomore. "I 
guess it's all right, but I just 
really don't go to those 

"I would prefer to see it in 
the library, since that's where 
I spend a majority of my 
time," said Gery Wood, junior 
professional studies major. 

"The ones they put in don't 
seem like the best places for 
students," said sophomore 
Erin Walker. "It seems like 
the places they plan on put- 
ting would be better places, if 
they would install them 
there." . 

Friedman Student Union, 
Watson Library and Kyser 
Hall, the three busiest build- 
ings for student traffic, are all 
tentative locations. Brown 
said the Student Government 

"The dream is to have the entire 
campus wireless one day, so that 
anyone with a laptop can get online 
wherever they might be." 

Tracy Brown 

Director of Technical Services 

Association recently 
approved the wireless net- 
work funding planned for the 
Student Union. 

Pending funds from the 
Student Technology Fees, 
both the Student Union and 
Watson Library are scheduled 
to have their wireless net- 
works completed by this fall, 
Brown said. 

Brown said the wireless 
access points for Kyser Hall 
have already been paid, but 
funding for the installation 
will come from student fees. 
Kyser Hall's network is also 
scheduled for completion in 
fall 2004. 

Eventually, the Health and 
P.E. Majors' Building, Russell 
Hall and Bienvenu Hall will 

have wireless networks, 
Brown said. These other loca- 
tions are scheduled for com- 
pletion in spring 2005. 

Brown said that the loca- 
tions where the networks are 
already in place were chosen 
as a test, using faculty loca- 
tion first to work out any 
bugs in the system. 

Although the idea of being 
online from anywhere at any- 
time is exciting to some stu- 
dents, others do not have a 
laptop or PDA to use the net- 

"I don't use the wireless 
network, but it would be easy 
to use because you're not tied 
down to a desk," said Ashli 
Daigle, junior English major. 

"That'd be really cool, I 

mean, I don't have wireless 
capabilities, but it seems real- 
ly good," said Andee Savoy, 
junior liberal arts major. "I 
don't see any negatives, 
except for costing money." 

Brown said initial funding 
for the existing wireless net- 
works came from a capital 
outlay proposal. 

For those who are wireless 
capable, Brown said that the 
operating systems supported 
are Windows XP, Windows 
2000 and Mac OS X, for Apple 

Brown said those with 
wireless network cards that 
support 802.11b will probably 
not be supported, since the 
network will conform to the 
wireless Wi-Fi Protected 
Access standard and newer 
802.11g hardware will work 

"We use the latest and 
greatest in security, and the 
older systems won't work," 
Brown said. "If you go to 
Wal-Mart and get the latest 
and greatest access card, it 
should work." 

SGA focuses on security: new cameras in the works 

By Kristen Dauzat 

Sauce Reporter 

The Student Government 
Association's first meeting of 
the year gave notice that 
$95,000 has been set aside 
from the $1.4 million Student 
Technology Assessment 
Team budget, to possibly buy 
security cameras for the Uni- 

A major goal of STAT this 
year is to place security cam- 
eras around the campus to 
increase campus security. 
The $95,000 project must be 
approved by December 3, or 
the funds will be used in the 

Natchitoches Forecast 

rollover budget for next year. 

SGA President Mindy 
McConnell said the cameras 
would be mainly placed in 
parking lots. However, the 
Student Safety Committee 
will officially determine how 
much of the budget will go 
toward the cameras and 
where they will be placed on 

"We are looking at 10 cam- 
eras at 10 different places," 
McConnell said. 

"They would benefit more 
students than wiring another 
dorm, increase security on 
campus, and were within our 
budgetary means," vice 
chairman of STAT Edward L. 

Boudreaux III said. "There 
were some objections raised 
because it could increase 
NSU's liability if something 
were to happen, but that's 
the point of the cameras. 
They will deter crime from 
happening, and should 
something happen, we will 
be able to identify those 

Other STAT plans are to 
wire Varnado Hall for Inter- 
net use, make a copy center 
in Watson Library, buy new 
laptops for student use, 
make Friedman Student 
Union a wireless hotspot and 
upgrade computers on cam- 

Also, at the SGA meeting, 
the Student Affairs Commit- 
tee announced plans to put 
on two forums this semester 
and will meet twice a month 
to help students with their 

"We wanted to provide 
more than just a lip service," 
senator Jack Halford said. 

Speaker of the sen- 
ate Alan Sypert said the Stu- 
dent Advisor)' Council plans 
to have a Civic Engagement 
Program to encourage stu- 
dents to register to vote. 

Another council project is 
the eighth grade initiative 
which encourages students 
to take certain classes in high 









school to better prepare them 
for college. 

Senator Kelly Menard pre- 
viously resigned as External 
Affairs Commissioner, and 
senator Matt Bartley was 
appointed to the position. 

SGA elections will be held 
Sept. 22-23, and runoffs will 
be from Sept. 29-30. 

A paid executive assistant 
position is available. There 
are also six Supreme Court 
justice positions open. 

Although next Mon- 
day is a school holiday, the 
SGA will meet at 7 p.m. in 
the Cane River Room after a 
vote determined they would 
have the meeting. 

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News — the Current Sauce — Thursday, September 2, 2004 

New program encourages civic involvement I 

By Michael Arcement 

Sauce Reporter 

Northwestern students will be 
encouraged to participate in the 
American Democracy Project, a 
national project involving more 
than 200 colleges and universities. 

The project's goal is to encourage 
students to give back to the com- 
munity and be active members of 
their college communities. This is 
the second year of nationwide par- 
ticipation in the ADR 

Greg Granger, acting director of 
the Louisiana Scholars' College, is 
the chief academic officer for the 
project at NSU. 

As part of the program, student 
participation and interaction with 
the local community will improve 
the quality of the community. It 
will also serve as a recruitment tool 
for NSU by getting recognition in 
local media, Granger said. The 
New York Times and PBS support 
the ADP 

"We are a public university so 
we have some public responsibili- 

ties," Granger said, who 

first heard of this program in July 
after a call from University Provost 
Anthony Scheffler. 

University of Louisiana System 
President Sally Clausen notified 
Scheffler that she wanted all system 
schools to participate. 

Granger said he believes Clausen 
heard of the ADP from her time as 
University president at Southeast- 
ern Louisiana University, which 
has already begun implementation 
of the ADP. Granger was then sent 
to a conference in New Mexico to 

Frog Pond 


"It is hard to believe that a proj- 
ect like this would be impacted by 
the world economy," Mansen said. 

Despite not having all aspects of 
the construction of the Frog Pond 
complex finished, students still 
began to move in on Friday, Aug. 

At that time seven out of the 10 
total units were finished allowing 
for most of the leasers to begin the 
move in process. He said that by 
press time a total of eight units 
were approved by the state fire 

Mansen also said he expects the 
the apartments and clubhouse to be 

completed around the beginning of 

No one holding a lease at the 
Frog Pond Apartments has had to 
be placed in temporary housing 
since the opening of the first seven 
units Coleman said. Before the 
opening day in August, some NSU 
athletes who were planning to 
move in before everyone else had 
to be accommodated. Coleman 
said there are people holding leases 
on some unfinished units, but 
those people do not have to worry 
about paying rent until the units 
are completed. 

Despite the continued construc- 

tion and minor repairs that need to 
be made, students who have 
already moved into the open units 
are pleased with the overall condi- 
tion of their apartments. 

Martell Jackson, sophomore gen- 
eral studies major, said his only 
problem so far has been with park- 
ing. Other students, like Tiffany 
Johnson, sophomore secondary 
education major, and Veronica 
Thomas, freshman nursing major, 
said they love their units. 

"It is cheaper and nicer com- 
pared to the Columns," Jennifer 
Atkins, sophomore pre-med major, 

gather information on starting the 
program at NSU. Representatives 
from Louisiana Tech and Nicholls 
State also attended the conference. 

Granger said the program 
includes a three-stage development 
cycle, each of which will last about 
a year. 

Stage one is known as Campus 
Conversation. It involves the cre- 
ation of a Steering Committee to 
help direct the implementation of 
the ADP. Granger expressed inter- 
est in including the Current Sauce, 
the SGA, the Provost's office, and 

the School of Social Sciences as part 
of the Steering Committee. 

The Scholars' College will be the 
headquarters for the ADP and will 
house documentation concerning 
its progress at NSU. 

There will also be a campus audit 
of what student organizations are 
already doing to give back to the 
community, and the program will 
attempt to tie them all together in a 
more unified effort. The audit will 
also determine what new activities 
need to be done by student organi- 
zations, Granger said. 

There are grants available to 
fund projects as part of participaj 
tion in the ADR and Granger ruJ 
books that list these grant sources. ! 

Students have to fill out a gran] 
application and write a grant pro] 
posal, but the money is there tri 
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Stand out in the crowd! Join the 
Student Activities Board! 

There is one Representative at 
Large position open and 7 Resi- 
dential Representative positions 
open. Pick up an application in 
(oom 214. The deadline for these 
applications is Friday, Sept. 10 at 
12 p.m. in Room 214. Elections 
Kill be held on Monday, Sept. 13 
beginning at 8:30p.m. 

NSU Police Blotter 

Anyone interested in running 
for Mr. and Miss NSU or the 2004 
NSU Homecoming Court can pick 
up information in the Student 
Activities Office in Room 214 of 
the Student Union beginning Fri- 
day, Sept. 3. Any organizations 
vdshing to sponsor an entry may 
also pick up information at that 
time. Filings will end on Tuesday, 
Sept. 14, and elections will be held 
on Wednesday Sept. 22 and 
Thursday, Sept. 23. 


The Student Government Asso- 

ciation is now accepting applica- 
tions for an executive assistant. 
This is a paid student job. Please 
pick-up an application in the SGA 
office, Student Union Room 222. 
For further information call Mindy 
McConnell at 357-4335. 

Anyone interested in running 
for SGA Class Senator can pick up 
an application in the SGA Office 
beginning on Friday, Sept. 3. 
Applications will be due on Tues- 
day, Sept. 14. Elections will be 
held on Wednesday, Sept. 22, and 
Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004 

NSU Football 

Student Football Tickets! Cur- 
rent NSU students can pick up 
their football game tickets at the 
Athletic Ticket Office located in 
the NSU Fieldhouse at the south 
end of the football stadium. The 
Athletic Ticket office is open Mon- 
day through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 
p.m. Tickets are free to students 
but a valid student ID is required 
to obtain them. 

American Chemical Society 

The American Chemical Society 
will be holding a meeting on Fri- 
day, Sept. 3 in Fournet room 107 at 
noon. All are welcome especially 
science majors and minors. There 
will be free pizza. 


KNWD presents the third-annu- 
al End of Summer Festival on Sat- 
urday, Sept. 11 starting at 12 p.m. 
The EOS Fest is a local band music 
festival that will be free to all. 
More information will appear in 
next week's paper. Contact Can- 
dice at 354-9539 for more informa- 

Arg us 

The Argus Art and Literary 
Magazine will be holding a staff 
interest meeting Thursday, Sep- 
tember, 9 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting 
will be held in Kyser room 335. 
All can attend and scholarships 
may be available. 

Anthropology goes the way of the 
dinosaur: new degree program planned 

By Brandon Newsom 

Sauce Reporter 

The anthropology degree at 
Northwestern will soon be as 
extinct as the fossils the depart- 
ment's students study. The Board 
of Regents has decided to close the 
program down. 

The anthropology program has 
been at NSU since 1961 and will be 
shut down due to an insufficient 
number of graduates. Each degree 
is required to have at least forty 
students graduate within a five 
year period, and NSU's anthropol- 
ogy program has not met the 

Kathleen Byrd, director of social 
sdences, said the students current- 
ly enrolled in the program will be 
able to graduate, and new students 
will be able to enroll in a new, sim- 
ilar program. 

New courses with more applied 
geography and anthropology will 
be added, as well as a program that 
deals with a computerized map- 

ping and database system called 
Geographic Information Sources 

Pete Gregory, an anthropology 
professor at NSU, said the new pro- 
gram is unnamed, but the Board of 
Regents suggested Cultural Her- 
itage Resources Management as 
the degree title. Gregory said he 
doubts the name will stay and 
hopes the new program and cours- 
es will be running by June 2005. 

Jon Gibson, the first student to 
graduate from NSU's program, 
went on to become the head of the 
program at the University of 
Louisiana at Lafayette. 

Some current anthropology stu- 
dents are optimistic about the new 
degree program. 

Senior Ronnie Cupit said he 
thinks the change could be good 
because of the classes and pro- 
grams the new degree will bring. 
However, he said he also thinks it 
will be bad because of the loss of 
tradition. Another senior, Tamara 
Miller, said she thinks this is a big 

loss for NSU, but does hope some- 
thing good will come of it. 

"Our plan is to equip the stu- 
dents with the knowledge and 
skills which will enable them to 
obtain employment with state and 
federal park systems, historic 
preservation organizations and cul- 
tural recourse management firms 
upon graduation." Byrd said. 

Gregory said he does not think 
the new program will be much dif- 
ferent, but more like "old wine in a 
new bottle." 


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1:06 p.m. 

A caller requested that the 
Natchitoches Fire Department 
come to the TEC building. 

1:25 p.m. 

According to the President's 
Office, the following buildings 
were shut down: TEC, Watson 
Library, the Coliseum, Bienvenu 
and Kyser. 

1:32 p.m. 

The TEC building was evacuat- 
ed. Only the Natchitoches Fire 
Department and maintenance crew 
remained to air out smoke. 

1:56 p.m. 

Russell hall was shut down. 
9:07 p.m. 

There was a report of a suspi- 
cious person in the Kyser parking 

4:30 a.m. 

The Phi Mu letters were chained 
to the Tri Sigma house. 
4:33 p.m. 

A car spun off the road on Tarl- 
ton Drive. 

8:53 a.m. 

A call came regarding a dead cat 
on the road by Dodd Hall. 

7:15 p.m. 

The sheriff's department called 
because the Natchitoches Fire 
Department and the Natchitoches 
Parish Hospital were en route to 
Iberville Dining Hall for a man 
who was having trouble breathing. 
He was transported to the Natchi- 
toches Parish Hospital. 

3:19 a.m. 

A call came from Sabine about a 
woman having chest pains. She 
was transported to the Natchi- 
toches Parish Hospital. 

3:32 p.m. 

A call was received from the 
University Columns regarding a 
weapon that had been found. An 
officer was dispatched to investi- 

3:53 p.m. 

A woman reported a hit and run 
on a 2004 gold Cavalier in the 
Sabine parking lot. 

4:03 p.m. 

A woman called to report an 
altercation between a student and 
his mother on the third floor of 
Kyser. An officer was dispatched to 
put an end to the squabble. 

4:30 p.m. 

A man called about a dog locked 
in a black Toyota Corolla for more 
than 30 minutes. 

7:05 p.m. 

A girl called in reference to loose 

roosters in the Dodd parking lot. 
10:12 p.m. 

Two men were involved in a sit 
uation with alcohol at the Universi 
ty Columns. 

11:44 p.m. 

A call was received about the 
same two men with the alcohol 
One of the two was issued a sum 
mons for public intoxication, and 
they were both asked to leave the 


1:32 p.m. 

A woman called because a black 
truck hit her, and she needed to be 
picked up and taken to the infir- 


3:07 p.m. 

A Red River Sanitors van ran out 
of gas and stalled in the middle of 
the road. Someone was sent to get 
gas and move the vehicle. 

9:16 p.m. 

A woman called because while 
she was delivering pizzas, a group 
of men stole some from her car. 

12:53 a.m. 

A golf cart was reported stolen 
and heading toward Bossier Hall. 
The golf cart was returned. 

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Thursday, September 2, 2004 
the Current Sauce 

Commisioner explains fee 
increase to students 

public colleges and universities 
ranks among the nations lowest, 
making it nearly impossible to 
cover significant additional costs 
such as those our institutions were 
facing without an additional 
source of revenue or a reduction in 
services. That is why we sought 
approval to assess the 4% opera- 
tional fee. This 4% will generate 
$17.7 million, nearly enough to 
address the $18 million shortfall. 

Significant progress has been 
made in improving Louisiana's 
colleges and universities in recent 
years, and we believe that this fee 
was necessary to avoid the risk of 
losing our positive momentum, 
and to help ensure that our col- 
leges and universities could con- 
tinue to provide the level and 
quality of service that students 

Obviously, no one welcomes a 
fee increase, least of all the stu- 
dents who have to pay it. But I 
want to stress that every effort was 
made to minimize the increase. 
The result of that effort was a total 
increase in tuition and fees for 
2004-05 that fell well below the 
significant increases adopted else- 
where across the country, averag- 
ing approximately 12%. More- 
over, the legislation establishing 
the new 4% operational fee pro- 
vides for a financial hardship 
waiver for students who lack suffi- 
cient means to absorb the added 

Louisiana needs more college 
graduates, and we in the higher 
education community, as well as 
our partners in public office, are 
striving to ensure that higher edu- 
cational attainment remains with- 
in the reach of everyone who 
desires it. We appreciate our stu- 
dents' efforts to improve their 
skills and job marketability, and 
we will continue to work diligent- 
ly to ensure that a quality educa- 
tion remains a realistic, achievable 
goal for every Louisiana citizen. 


Joseph Savoie 
Commissioner of Higher 

Dear Editor: 

To help Louisiana's public col- 
leges and universities avoid a near 
$18 million funding shortfall for 
2004-05, the Louisiana Legislature 
approved a measure during this 
year's regular legislative session 
that allows the state's public col- 
leges and universities to assess to 
students a new 4% operational fee. 
Since most students will feel the 
effect of this fee increase beginning 
this current semester, I'd like to 
take the opportunity to explain the 
circumstances that necessitated 
the increase and to try to put the 
cost of higher education in 
Louisiana into a broader perspec- 

Let me begin by assuring stu- 
dents that Louisiana's postsec- 
ondary education community and 
our state's leaders are committed 
to ensuring that a college educa- 
tion is accessible to and affordable 
for those in our state who desire to 
improve their opportunities. 
Indeed, students can be confident 
that no increase to the cost of an 
education is considered without 
carefully weighing its potential 
effect on our students. And 
because this is the case, I can still 
say that, even with the new opera- 
tional fee, Louisiana's public col- 
leges and universities are one of 
the nation's best educational bar- 

As most students probably 
know, during the 2004 Regular 
Legislative Session, Louisiana's 
legislators were faced with balanc- 
ing the tightest state budget in 
nearly a decade. And after a 
budget was hammered out which, 
happily, kept funding for higher 
education intact, and provided 
extra funds to help cover mandat- 
ed cost increases in retirement con- 
tributions, insurance premiums 
and civil service merit raises. 
Unfortunately, even after this sup- 
"■ port, there remained some $18 mil- 
lion in increased mandated opera- 
tional costs that were not funded. 

Because both of our state's 
appropriations and our tuition are 
low compared to much of the rest 
of the country, Louisiana's total 
financial support per student for 

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A look forward 

By 3. Aaron 
"Q" Brown 

I'll join the rest of the staff in 
welcoming everyone back to 
another exciting year of the Cur- 
rent Sauce, complete with my rant- 
ings. This November, as I certain- 
ly hope you all know, we have a 
presidential election coming up. 
(In fact, the Head Monkey himself 
will be making a speech tonight; 
watch it on for 
free!) In light of the daunting bur- 
den of voting that so many of my 
readers find themselves asked to 
assume, I will spend this semester 
trying to provide you the informa- 
tion you need to make an 
informed and wise decision 
among the candidates. I make no 
bones about my contempt for Pres- 
ident Bush and the hype-and-lies 

machine that has kept him in 
office, so I'll tell you immediately 
that the right choice isn't him, and 
I'll be telling you why every week 
from now until November. 

I won't spend this semes- 
ter talking about third-party candi- 
dates. Jefferson himself objected to 
the very idea of parties on princi- 
ple, arguing that such a structure 
could serve only to divide the 
republic, and nothing could prove 
him more right than the previous 
election and the one to come. The 
Green Party, traditional home of 
the third-party voter, is declining 
to run a candidate at all this year 
out of consideration for the so- 
called Nader Effect, which cost 
Gore such a small but critical per- 
centage of the vote. This is a state 
of events I find depressing but 
unavoidable, and I must acknowl- 
edge that a vote for a third-party 
candidate is a wasted vote in mod- 
ern American politics. To be hon- 
est, I'm still not sure I won't throw 
my vote away on Michael Bad- 

narik, the Libertarian candidate, 
when crunch time arrives, rather 
than give it to Kerry. Once again, I 
feel caught in a decision between 
the puppet on the left and the pup- 
pet on the right. 

Both challenger and 
incumbent want to implement the 
9-11 Commission's recommenda- 
tion of a national intelligence czar, 
which is exactly what our intelli- 
gence structure is designed to 
avoid. Both challenger and incum- 
bent feel the need to court the vote 
of the "heartland," and so both are 
spewing the usual election year 
bilge about integrity, family values 
and taxes in addition to the new 
War on Terror™ rhetoric about 
strength and security. Both chal- 
lenger and incumbent feel like 
avatars of some vast machine fran- 
tically poking voters to see which 
way they jump and tuning their 
position to match. 

But Kerry will win. Bush 
has screwed up too hard for even 
modern, lazy America to ignore. 

Let me share one more thing with 
you before I close this week. Less 
than 50% of the American popu- 
lace votes, and the polls so often 
mentioned on the news and in the 
papers only poll "likely voters." A 
"likely voter," however, is some- 
one who has voted in at least two 
previous presidential elections, 
meaning that no one under 23 gets 
polled in these things. We can 
change America. We will change 
America, and you can either help 
or watch. Register to vote. We 
need the help. for 
other bright-eyed young cynicists. 

J. Aaron Brown is a 
Louisiana Scholars' Col- 
lege student. His column 
appears weekly on the 
editorial page. His opin- 
ions do not necessarily 
reflect the opinions of the 
Sauce staff or of the 

Guest Column 

BY Connor Tohnson Justifiable Dishonesty? 


re(<y lUliifr' (M4 wtwW *> 

By Ash Moore 

A new year has started at NSU 
and, as expected, there has been a 
lot of importance placed on the 
honor code. No lying, no cheating, 
etc. I don't like liars or cheaters, 
but as far as I'm concerned, lying 
is a fact of life. New research, such 
as studies found in The Liar's Tale 
by Jeremy Campbell, even sug- 
gests lying is a much more natural 
instinct than we ever imagined. 

Everyone lies, but the main 
problem is that our society doesn't 
punish lying justly. Society realizes 
there is a difference in the levels of 
murder. We have justifiable homi- 
cide, murder two (manslaughter), 
and murder one. If there are that 
many differences in the level of 
murder here must be differences 
in the level of lying. If this is true, 
then justifiable dishonesty would 
be "No, that dress looks great" or, 
"I can't see you tonight, something 
came up." 

Then, the punishable lies would 
be perjury two, which can be 
exemplified by, "I did not have 
sexual relations with Monica" or, 
"I wasn't cheating, I was stretch- 
ing my eye muscles" or even, "I 
swear officer, it's oregano." And 

finally, perjury one which is, "Iraq 
has nuclear weapons pointed at us 
ready to launch in less than fifteen 
minutes. We must attack!" 

If a president can be impeached 
for perjury two, why can't we 
impeach one for perjury in the first 
degree? Furthermore, why isn't 
there an honor code for the Oval 
Office? People may argue that 
there is one, but if so, why isn't it 
enforced to the same degree of 
work place and college honor 
codes? Even if it does exist, it may 
as well not. If an NSU student 
turned in a paper that was as poor- 
ly researched as the information 
that led us into a war, the best 
thing that would happen would 
be for the student to fail the class. 

How can someone expect high 
school and college students not to 
he and adhere to an honor code 
when they see what the leaders of 
the free world get away with on a 
daily basis? 

Ash Moore is a 
Louisiana Scholars' Col- 
lege freshman. Her col- 
umn is new to the editori- 
al page. Her opinions do 
not necessarily reflect the 
opinions of the Sauce staff 
or of the University. 

The food industry really frosts me 

By Lenore Skenazy 
New York Daily News 

Do you think American food can 
get any more disgusting? 

I mean, once Hellmann's has 
introduced Bacon & Tomato Twist 
mayonnaise - basically a liquid BLT 
you schmear onto bread (or lettuce, 
if you're doing Atkins) - it's hard to 
imagine anything less wholesome 
and natural unless we're talk- 
ing Michael Jackson. 

Which we're not. Because while 
everyone else is railing about 
pasty-faced alleged pederasts, who 
rails for the mom whose kids are 
demanding Chips Ahoy-flavored 
chocolate pudding in a tube? 

Me! Your average, nauseated 
supermarket shopper, stunned to 
see there is now a liquefied version 
of what should be a solid cookie, 
served in a squeeze tube that 
should be a bowl, sucked directly 
into a mouth that, in an ideal 

world, should have demanded 
something a little daintier, like a 
plastic spoon. 

Squeezable bacon. Suckable 
cookies. What next? Pepsi pellets? 

I suppose I should really just 
thank my Lucky Charms _which, 
as you'll recall, introduced the con- 
cept of marshmallows as a crucial 
cereal component - yes, I should 
thank my solidified corn syrup lep- 
rechauns that Jell-O has not yet 
started selling its pudding in 
timed-release patches. 

Or single-serving injections. Or 
convenient surgical shunts. 

Those are still in test marketing. 

Already on the shelves, however, 
are foods almost as 
appealing /appalling (depending 
on your age), most the result of 
adding cookie elements to candy, 
candy elements to crackers or cook- 
ie / candy / cracker / crunch ele- 
ments to yogurt. 

Take, for instance, Nestles But- 
terfinger hot cocoa mix. Clearly, 

plain old hot chocolate just wasn't 
cutting it. Nor was hot chocolate 
with bunny-shaped marshmal- 
lows, another Nestles beverage. 
No, Nestle's marketing mavens 
must have realized it was losing 
the entire demographic of Ameri- 
cans who want to quaff piping-hot 
pulverized candy bars. And so ... 
now they can! 

Similarly, Chips Deluxe, a Chips 
Ahoy clone, has a new spinoff fea- 
turing mixed-in, mashed-up 
peanut butter cups. The chips are 
still there but now must compete 
for precious dough space with the 
candy chunks. 

And speaking of cookie-candy 
hybrids, check out the ultimate: 
Ritz Bits S'mores sandwiches. 
These are graham-cracker-flavored 
mini-crackers glued together with 
a cream filling of marshmallow 
(clearly edging out grains as the 
new base of America's food pyra- 
mid) and chocolate. Each sandwich 
is then stamped with one of the 

Simpsons: Marge, Homer - even 
Lisa, who you'd think would refuse 
to let herself be appropriated this 

But in the food biz, there is no 
shame. Everything old is new 
again, usually by virtue of extra 
icing or a dusting of sour cream V 
onion flavoring. 

If, God forbid, we are what we 
eat and we eat what they're trying 
to sell us, then perhaps we are as 
dumb as these instructions on an 
Oscar Mayer Lunchables Nachos 
package would suggest: "Dip chips 
into cheese and salsa." As my Ritz 
Bits cracker / cookie / candy / Simp- 
sons /S'mores snacktime character 
might reply: "D'oh!" 

Lenore Skenazy is a columnist 
for the New York Daily News, 450 
West 33rd Street, New York, N.Y. 


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Thursday, September 2, 2004 
the Current Sauce 


Movie Review: 

The Beginning" 

Recent prequel 
release leaves 
audiences "thrilled' 

Shanna Utterback 

Sauce Reporter 

Here's a hint to moviegoers: 
always be wary of a film where 
the director is a replacement. 

Paul Shader, a man of high 
regard in the movie business 
(responsible for "The Last Temp 
tation of Christ" and "American 
Gigolo"), was removed as the 
director for "Exorcist: The Begin- 
ning" when his psychological, 
character-driver version of the 
story failed to utilize the blood, 
gore and special effects that the 
studio believed was necessary to 
bring in the big money. The pres- 
sure then fell on Renny Harlin to 
recreate the mediocre drivel of 
his earlier films like "Deep Blue 
Sea" and "Nightmare on Elm 
Street 4." Congratulations to 
Harlin for completing such a 
small task. 

The original "Exorcist" will 
always be a classic and it's hard 
to believe that any other movie 
would be worthy enough to join 
the franchise. I must admit that 
it sounds like an interesting chal- 
lenge. The story behind Father 
Merrin, pre-"Exorcist," seems 
almost necessary and to tell the 
truth, the plot isn't half bad. Set 
in 1949 in Kenya, archeologists 
have discovered a church that 
was built and buried hundreds 
of years before Christianity 
arrived in Africa. The experts 
decide to bring in Lancaster Mer- 
rin, a man who gave up priest- 
hood after World War n. Of 
course, spooky things start to 
happen and a movie is born. 

Stellan Skarsgard gives a won- 
derful performance as Merrin 
despite the odd dialogue that has 
to be blamed on the writers. 
Izabella Sorupco plays a pretty 
lady-doctor and love interest 
because the studio doesn't seem 
to believe that women would 
watch the movie without a sappy 
moment or two. Such a relation- 
ship could have added some 
depth to Merrin's character if it 
were handled by a better direc- 
tor. Harlin's attempt is simply 

When it comes to horror, I was 
surprised that the audience I was 
with jumped out of their seats 
several times. Moments of sus- 
pense are handled nicely and 
you have to love those scenes 
when the main character insists 
on doing something dangerous 
by himself in the middle of the 
night. Those special effects that 
the studio was so concerned 
about are pretty cheap. Watch- 
ing someone get attacked by hye- 
nas might sound exciting, but 
there's not much frightening 
about ones that are so obviously 
computer-generated that they'd 
be better off in "Shrek 2". Some 
of the imagery in the movie was 
more of a gross-out than actual 
horror. While the original "Exor- 
cist" made me afraid to walk 
down the hall by myself, "The 
Beginning" simply made me 
regret eating lunch right before 
the movie. 

As a prequel, the film has its 
own plot holes. Flashbacks to 
World War II could very well be 
made into a separate movie. 
Indeed, the events that caused 
Merrin to fall out of faith are 
what make him such a fascinat- 
ing character. It's a shame that 
the focus of movie is instead on 
some possessed hyenas and a 
sick boy. 

You can't have an "Exorcist" 
film without an exorcism. This is 
■ See Exorcist, page 6 

Around the world 

NSU receives students through exchange program 

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In France, it costs 
2 Francs to use a 
public restroom. 

R U S S 

In S. Korea, a late 
night munchi is a deli- 
casie called "Kim- 
chi"(made from fer- 
mented veggies). 


Talk about a 
"Sweet Sixteen!" 
The legal drink- 
ing age in this 
country is 16. 

A n t a r c t i < 

In Austria, you 
must decide to 
either continue 
school or go to 
work by the age 
of 15. 

By Raquel Hill 

Life Editor 

Ever dreamt of studying abroad? 
A foreign exchange program here at 
NSU can make that dream possible. 

Northwestern State University is a 
member of an international exchange 
student program that allows stu- 
dents from other countries to take 
courses right here on NSU's campus 
and send NSU students to other uni- 
versities worldwide. 

Dr. James Picht, assistant professor 
of economics at the Louisiana Schol- 
ars' College, is the coordinator for the 
International Student Exchange Pro- 
gram (ISEP) at NSU. In order for this 
program to be on campus, NSU had 
to first become a member of the 
organization. Through this member- 
ship, NSU was added to a listing of 
accredited universities throughout 
the world. 

Because of this worldwide educa- 

tional system, ISEP allows students 
from their "homeland" university to 
attend a school in a different country 
and still receive college credit for the 
courses they take abroad. Also, if a 
student receives financial aid in their 
home country, the funds are applica- 
ble to the ISEP program, which 
makes studying abroad very afford- 

"An NSU student who wants to be 
involved in the program may want to 
take off to Austria and study. With 
this program, the student can attend 
the school in Austria and still receive 
the academic scholarships from NSU, 
as if they were right here in Natchi- 
toches," Picht said. He also said that 
the TOPS program is included. 

Currently, there are only three stu- 
dents involved in the ISEP program 
here at NSU. They are all from differ- 
ent countries: Spain, Austria and 
France. These students will be 
allowed to stay at NSU for one year 

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a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher and 
submit an application into the pro- 
gram either in writing or through the 
Internet. They must also have two 
letters of recommendation, prefer- 
ably by professors, and copies of their 
transcripts. In addition, applicants 
must also submit an essay on why 
they wish to get involved with the 
program and study abroad. 

"This type of program is important 
because it gives students an unforget- 
table international experience," Picht 
said. "If you want to gain that expe- 
rience, ISEP will be happy to send 
you where you want to go." 

only and the ISEP program will not 
apply to them after this time. There- 
fore, if a student wishes to stay 
longer, it is at his or her own expense. 

This program applies to native 
NSU students as well. One North- 
western student is studying abroad 
in South Korea this fall, and there 
have been applicants for studies 
abroad in South Korea, South Africa 
and the Netherlands for the spring 

"The most popular destinations 
are England, the Netherlands, Fin- 
land and Spain," Picht said. 

To be eligible for this exchange pro- 
gram, a students are required to have 

Coming to America: Foreign students land at NSU 

Theresa Huffman, 

Sauce Reporter 

Northwestern's residence halls 
are filled with students who have 
moved away from home to study 
in Natchitoches. 

While some have moved from 
nearby communities, others, like 
foreign exchange students Margit 
Preinstorfer and Charlotte De 
Poorter have come from a lot far- 

Preinstorfer has been here for 
one week and is starting her first 
semester at NSU this fall. She is 
from a small community of 2,000 
in Aurach Am Hongar, Austria, 
located between Salzburg and 
Linz. After deciding she wanted 
to study in the United States, Pre- 
instorfer spoke to officials from 
her university in Austria, who in 
turn spoke to Dr. James Picht, 
coordinator for the International 
Student Exchange Program at the 
Scholars' College, to make 
arrangements for her curriculum. 

Prior to her acceptance at 
Northwestern, Preinstorfer had to 
complete the requirements need- 
ed to be an exchange student. 

The first requirement was a 
500-word statement explaining 
her interest in the program. She 
then had to choose from a list of 
10 universities. Once Preinstorfer 
chose a university, she obtained 
two letters of reference from her 
professors, transferred her tran- 
scripts and completed an English 
language competency test. This 
was in addition to her studies. 

She studied communications in 
Austria and while at NSU, Prein- 
storfer will study public relations 
and business. Preinstorfer said 

she likes Northwestern's campus 
layout, and it was the first differ- 
ence she noticed. 

She said that in Austria, the 
university's campus is incorpo- 
rated within the city of Salzburg. 
The campus is much larger in 
area. Another main difference is 
the drinking age. 

Preinstorfer said the drinking 
age in Europe is younger than in 
the United States. She said that if 
someone wants "soft" drinks," 
such as wine and beer, the legal 
age is 16. and for "hard" liquor, 
the drinking age raises to 18. 

Although she said she is enjoy- 
ing the friendly people here, Pre- 
instorfer said she already misses 
home cuisine and her boyfriend. 

She said she is looking forward 
to tutoring German while she 
conducts her studies. 

Tutoring in her native lan- 
guage, French, is also something 
De Poorter will do. De Poorter, 
who will study history, recently 
arrived from Lille, France, which 
is located on the Belgian border, 
north of Paris. 

De Poorter said her curriculum 
in France was English and French 
translation in both written and 
spoken forms. 

De Poorter said one of the 
things she likes here is the econo- 
my since prices in the United 
States are generally cheaper than 
those of most European countries. 

Both Preinstorfer and De 
Poorter said the people here are 
"very nice." They also said they 
like that their professors know 
their names, unlike their home 
countries where students are 
numbers in a classroom. 

Photo by Leslie Westbrook 

L to R: Margit Preinstorfer and Charlotte De Poorter walk around the courtyard 
in between the FACS building and Morrison Hall. 

fashionable #^ 

_ Focus &r 

Factors for the fall 

the season's freshest 

Welcome back to another 
great year of Fashionable Focus. 
This season, let's take a brief 
look at what the current trends 

"D" is for Denim: 

I am NOT talking blue jeans 
here — I'm talking Denim Chic 
(pronounced sheek!) 

The biggest fabric this season 
is denim because it is rugged, 
but it can still be playful. On the 
runway you can find denim 
blazers, vests, tennis shoes and 
purses. It's all about the blue, 
but keep in mind you don't have 
to spend a lot of "green" to have 
these things. In fact, a lot of the 
"new" denim styles can be 
handmade. Designer handbags 
are starting to look an awful lot 
like your old pair of bleached 
jeans from the fifth grade, just 
cut up and sewn back together. 
But guess what? It's hot, hot, 
hot! You can make this item at 
home. Just use your creativity 
and you'll come up with some- 
thing genius. 

Denim blazers can dress up a 
casual outfit quite a bit. Tie it in 
with a sleek pair of "editor" cut 
(wide-legged) black trousers 
and a white tank, and you've 
got yourself a sexy, clean-lined, 
ensemble. For the guys, quilted 
denim vests are becoming more 
and more noticeable on the fash- 
ion scene. Pair it with your 
favorite cargo pants and turtle- 
neck, when it gets cold of 
course, and you will look like 
you came straight off the pages 
of GQ. 

Brownie Points: 

Browns are very popular this 
season — it's fall, duh. Brown, 
alone, might not be your 
favorite color, but it sure does go 
great with a lot of other colors. 
For girls, the best colors to pair 
brown with is pale pink or a 
bold, vibrant turquoise. Try a 
brown crocheted poncho over a 
pink camisole and jeans. Or try 
an oversized turquoise sweater 
with a pair of brown corduroy 
flared pants. These colors can 
look very western, and it won't 
scream "Urban Cowboy" if put 
together properly. 

Kiss the sun goodbye: 

Yes, we all love the sun, but 
fall is when your skin tone 
grows out of its sun-kissed glow 
and resumes its normal pigmen- 
tation. Rather than try to cover 
up your already paling face with 
self-tanner or bronzing cremes, 
enhance it with this season's 
coolest hues. For the eyes, use 
pinks, mauves and burgundies. 
For the lips, use pale pink gloss- 
es, "just bitten" stains, and 
lavender frosts. To keep those 
cheeks rosy, try color cheek 
stains (by Origins, Inc. or Clin- 
ique), which last all day and 
look really natural. Also, 
remember that fall brings drier 
weather, so keep your faces 
hydrated with oil-free moistur- 

For questions or comments 
concerning fashion,pro ducts, 
or trends contact Raquel at 

Hey! Are you always 
giving your friends 
advice on relation- 
ships? Do you think you 
have what it takes to 
give that same advice 
to the students of NSU? 
If so, we're looking for 
YOU! Contact Elaine 
Broussard today at 
for more info. 

6 Life — the Current Sauce — Thursday, September 2, 2004 




Band, orchestra welcome new directors 


ing This Friday 


Cinema IV 

Aaron Pizani, 

Sauce Reporter 

Northwestern has two new 
faces in the School of Creative and 
Performing Arts. They are the 
new associate director of bands, 
Caroline Beatty, and the new con- 
ductor of the NSU Symphony 
Orchestra, Doug Baukenhaus. 

Beatty has a bachelor's degree 
in music education from the Uni- 
versity of Texas, where she also 
obtained her master's degree in 
conducting. She taught music 
and band at public schools in the 
Houston area before being offered 
the associate director of bands 
position at NSU. 

Beatty said she first got 
involved in music by playing in 
the band in middle school and 


Chris Reich/the Current Sauce 

Caroline Beatty directs the marching 
band from the tower. 

knew by her sophomore year in 
high school that she wanted to 
become a band director. 

Beatty assists director of 

bands,William Brent with a 
marching band techniques class 
and teaches a wind ensemble 
class. She also plays the saxo- 

Beatty said even though she has 
only been at NSU for a few weeks, 
she is having a good experience. 

"It's great," she said. "Every- 
body has been really nice and all 
the students are really nice. So far 
so good." 

Baukenhaus earned his bache- 
lor's degree in music at the Uni- 
versity of Texas at Austin and his 
master's degree in conduction at 
East Texas State University. He 
did doctorate work at the Univer- 
sity of Michigan and has almost 
completed his doctorate at UT 

Baukenhaus teaches several 

classes including music form and 
analysis and an advanced con- 
ducting class. He also teaches 
and plays the bassoon. 

Baukenhaus said that at first he 
was not going to go to college but 
decided to go after his high school 
band director urged him. After a 
couple of years in college, he 
decided music was what he want- 
ed to do and pursued his music 

Like Beatty, Baukenhaus has 
been at NSU for a few weeks. 

"I like the small town atmos- 
phere," he said. "I've always want- 
ed to teach at a mid-sized univer- 

Beatty and Baukenhaus are 
both from Houston, and they both 
said that music is an important 
part of education and life. 

Baukenhaus said, "Music helps 
us understand what it means to 
be human." 

Beatty said that music "reaches 
depths that other subject matter 
doesn't reach. It can get down in 
your soul. By learning music, 
everybody who does it is learning 
also discipline and teamwork." 

During the fall semester, the 
NSU band, aside from its usual 
football game performances and 
Christmas Festival Parade 
appearance, will be holding a Fall 
Wind Ensemble on Oct. 27. 

The NSU Symphony Orchestra 
has a full fall schedule with the 
Pops Concert on Oct. 7, a classical 
concert on Nov. 11, and it will will 
take part in the annual Christmas 
Gala in December. 


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where the movie truly fails. 
Considering the importance of the 
church's location, one would hope 
the exorcism would be good 
enough to have the audience on 
the edge of their seats. 
Instead, the director relies on 
cheap plot twists to keep the 
action going. The devil's dialogue 
in the original is stomach-turning 
and just plain creepy. In this film, 
the crude language made most 
people laugh. Apparently, in this 
version the devil is a comedian. 

Despite my negative criticism, 
the movie is worth the price of 
admission if you recognize it as 
what it truly is: a cheap summer 
horror flick. It fails only when 
compared to the original "Exor- 
cist." Go, enjoy the maggots and 
the Nazis and the creepy cross 
imagery. Then rent the original 
and remember to unpack your 

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shoes, Salvatore Ferragamo alligator 
handbags and Etro coats. And this sea- 
son, eBay is taking its fashion creden- 
tials further _ it will auction garments 
straight off the New York runways 
from hot young design team Proenza 
Schouler, six months before they hit the 

It all points to eBay's growing 
role behind the runways in the glitzy 
world of fashion, as a marketplace and 
as a no-longer-unlikely source of inspi- 
ration for some designers. With sales of 
$1.8 billion last year in clothes, shoes 
and accessories, the auction site is 
already all the buzz in fashion circles, 
and the idea of online trunk shows has 
some fashionistas salivating. 

"I think it's genius because 
you can have the clothing before it 
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else," said Rosemary Ponzo, 42, a film 
and TV stylist who was decked out in 
silver Tiffany cuffs and a magenta 
Escada fur hat at the Catherine Malan- 
drino show this month in New York. "I 
have a lot of friends that are selling 
their vintage clothes, like Gaultier from 
the 80s and pre-owned furs." 

The Proenza Schouler auc- 
tion ( 
schouler) will start Feb. 26, with 50 gar- 
ments from this year's spring and fall 
collections and last year's fall collection. 
The fall 2004 clothes were first shown 
at Olympus Fashion Week this month 
in New York, and they won't hit stores 
for another six months. 

Buyers may also get the 
clothes cheaper on eBay. For example, 
bidding will start at $624 for a trench 
coat that normally retails for $2,400. 
Also on the block are more than four 
dozen pairs of shoes, designed with 
Manolo Blahnik and worn by runway 
models Wednesday. 

Proenza Schouler are the sec- 
ond design team to sell straight onto 
eBay, following Narciso Rodriguez, 
who sold a much smaller lot of cloth- 
ing last September. 

The San Jose auction house 

was also a small sponsor of a show by 
"Sex & the Qty" costume designer 
Patricia Fields at Los Angeles Fashion 
Week EBay says it's in talks with other 
designers but won't name them. 

"So many people have 
approached me this week _ fashion- 
istas, executives, people with closets 
and boxes full of stuff," Constance 
White, style director for eBay and a for- 
mer fashion journalist with Full Frontal 
Fashion TV and Elle magazine, said 
earlier this month. "We've had so many 
people say we want to sell on eBay that 
we're looking to develop a program 
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For eBay, the online trunk 
shows lend glamour and burnish a 
reputation that is already going 
upscale, with Prada, Kate Spade and 
Louis Vuitton among the most fre- 
quent sale items. 

"I think they're trying to let 
people know eBay is fashionable," said 
Hollywood stylist Phillip Bloch, who 
writes a fashion column for eBay. "Peo- 
ple have in the past thought of it as a 
discount site." 

And for the designers, eBay _ 
with 95 million registered users _ has 
become another way for to reach shop- 

pers in Middle America or markets 
where their clothes are not in local 

'It's innovative. Obviously 
it's something that will help them 
(Proenza Schouler) make money," said 
Ed Filipowski, partner in a PR power- 
house that handles Marc Jacobs, Anna 
Sui and Zac Posen. 'EBay is a massive 
audience. I wish I had thought of it." 

Of course, a massive audi- 
ence can also lead to a mass brand _ 
and some of the most-established 
designers might be reluctant to run the 
risk of losing their image of elite and 
exclusive. White acknowledged that 
some fashion designers are unsure 
whether to embrace eBay, but hopes 
that eBay will eventually become just 
one more way to build a brand. 

EBay's presence was already 
clear at Fashion Week, on and off the 
catwalks. Patrick Robinson, designer 
of Perry Ellis' women's wear, found 
antique rhinestone pins designed by 
1950s jewelry designer Hartie Carnegie 
on eBay to accessorize his show. Robin- 
son also found a vintage scarf from one 
of Perry Ellis' original collections and 
used the button print pattern for a yel- 
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Kobe Bryant's charges dropped in rape case 

KRT Campus 

In an eleventh-hour stunner, 
grim-faced Colorado prosecutors 
dismissed a rape charge against the 
las Angeles Lakers' superstar on 
yfednesday night, after his accuser 
yanked herself out of the criminal 
#se and he issued an emotional _ 
yet carefully worded _ apology. 

"I want to apologize to her for my 
behavior that night and for the con- 
sequences she has suffered in the 
past year," Bryant said in a written 

"Although I truly believe this 
^counter between us was consen- 
|5 ual. ... I now understand how she 
feels she did not consent to this 
Bryant, who kept a sphinx-like 

silence during his many pretrial 
appearances, also wrote, "Although 
this year has been incredibly diffi- 
cult for me personally, I can only 
imagine the pain she has had to 

The reversal in the criminal case, 
and Bryant's apology, do not affect 
a civil suit the 20-year-old woman 
recently filed against the super-rich 
basketball player, and her lawyers 
said there have been no talks about 
a cash settlement. 

Neither Bryant, 26, nor the 
woman, 20, was in the packed 
courtroom when Judge Terry Ruck- 
riegle signed the dismissal order at 
6:25 p.m. CDT, ending at least one 
chapter in a 14-month saga of sex, 
celebrity and small-town America. 

And the judge pointed out that 
without a criminal trial, what hap- 

pened between the basketball play- 
er and the pretty young concierge 
at the posh Lodge and Spa at 
Cordillera on June 30, 2003, may 
remain a mystery forever. 

Since the start of the case, Bryant 
has insisted he had consensual sex 
with the woman in his hotel room, 
while she charged that after some 
kissing and hugging, he grabbed 
her by the neck, bent her over a 
chair and raped her from behind. 

"It will, of course, always leave a 
question in the mind of everyone 
because, as several jurors stated, 
only two people know what hap- 
pened," Ruckriegle said. 

The dismissal came on the fourth 
day of jury selection and just a few 
days before both sides were set to 
present opening arguments. 

Eagle County District Attorney 

Mark Hurlbert said he was drop- 
ping the case only at the request of 
the accuser, who did not want to 
testify or cooperate with the trial. 

"She has indicated her unwilling- 
ness to appear," Hurlbert said. "At 
no time will this case be refiled." 

As her parents sat silent in the 
front row, the woman's civil attor- 
ney, John Clune, said his client 
could not go forward with the 
criminal case because her life has 
become a living hell. 

"If anybody associated with this 
case had any sense of what a single 
week in the life of my client entails, 
they would be astounded ... as to 
why she had the will to continue 
for as long as she did," Clune told 
the court. 

Since pressing charges against 
Bryant, the accuser has received 

Demons win home opener 
against Grambling 

Demons win big in first-ever evening home game under the soccer 
complex's new lighting sytstem, but fall short in Mississippi 


Sports Information 

Northwestern State celebrated its 
first-ever home night game with a 
shutout win Wednesday night in 
front of a record crowd of 1,005 at 
the Demon Soccer Complex as 
Heather Penico had a goal and an 
assist in a 4-0 victory over late- 
arriving Grambling State. 

Northwestern (1-2), which plays 
host to Rice Sunday afternoon at 1, 
outshot Grambling (2-1) by 24-5 
while freshman goalkeepers John- 
na Klohoker and Krystle Donald- 
son evenly divided the 90 minutes 
in front of the net and kept it empty 
for the Demons. 

A bus breakdown on Gram- 
bling's trip to Natchitoches delayed 
the start of the contest by nearly 90 
minutes, ironically allowing for the 
sun to set and the full impact of the 
raw $180,000 lighting system to 
come into play for kickoff. 

It took 22:41 for Northwestern to 
break the ice on Tara Powasnik's 
unassisted goal off a rebound 
about 10 yards in front of the net. 
With eight seconds left in the first 
half, Angela Pence doubled the 
Demons' lead when she scored off 
I a redirection of a Penico shot. 

Erin Hebert boosted NSU's lead 
to 3-0 by scoring off a corner kick 
by Dani Thomas 22 minutes into 
the second half, eight minutes later, 
Penico knocked in a 5-yarder for 
NSU's fourth and final score. 

NSU 1 vs. Mississippi St. 3 

Northwestern State wrapped up 
lime of the most difficult season- 
opening weekends in school histo- 
ry, giving up three late goals to fall 
M to SEC member Mississippi 
State here Sunday afternoon. 

Two days after being shutout 7-0 
at Ole Miss, the Demons held a 1-0 
halftime lead after Natalie Wagues- 
pack fired a 35-yarder in the net at 
during the 22nd minute for the first 
NSU score of the season. Although 
it appeared on paper that the Bull- 

dogs dominated the game, MSU 
didn't get on the board until the 
73rd minute on a shot by Betty Ann 
Casey to tie the game at one. 

"I told our team I've never been 
more pleased with a team for 87 
minutes, and for the next two min- 
utes, I've never been more frustrat- 
ed and disappointed in a team," 
said sixth year NSU head coach 
Jimmy Mitchell. "We had a lapse 
and gave up the go-ahead goal, but 
more frustrating, we emotionally 
and mentally didn't stay focused 
and gave up the goal that locked it 
away. We had some really good 
scoring chances in the final minute 
that could have been huge if it was 
a 2-1 game, but that third goal did 
us in." 

MSU put together a flurry of 
goals when Karen Sandrik fol- 
lowed by Casey, netted the ball just 
14 seconds apart in the 86th and 
87th minute to take a 3-1 lead. 
Although scoring just the trio of 
goals, Bulldogs (2-0-0) dominated 
both halves in the shot column, 
out-chancing the Demons (0-2-0) 
19-1 in the first half and 18-3 in the 
second period. 

"This was a much better effort 
and performance than what we got 
Friday night," said Mitchell. "At 
Ole Miss, we played 45 minutes of 
good, smart, intense soccer and 
then couldn't susta^t that in the 
second half. Today we probably 
played 87-88 minutes well enough 
to win, but what we saw in both 
games is that against opponents of 
this caliber, the slightest letdown is 
going to cost you." 

NSU vs. Ole Miss 7 

Northwestern State opened the 
2004 soccer season falling 7-0 to 
Southeastern Conference power 
Ole Miss here Friday night. 

NSU, playing without four 
returning starters, including first 
team All-SLC preseason selection 
Stephanie Miller, trailed just 1-0 at 
the half with true freshman goal- 
keeper Johnna Klohoker filling in 
for injured veteran Nellie Latiolais. 

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Northwestern State players celebrate 
after scoring a goal against the Tigers. 

However, the Rebels - a second 
round NCAA participant last year - 
streaked for six goals in the second 
half to pull away from any kind of 
upset threat. 

"They're by far a top 40 team in 
the country," said sixth year head 
coach Jimmy Mitchell of Ole Miss. 
"Now we have to turn around and 
play another SEC school on Sun- 

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death threats, moved from state to 
state, and twice had her name mis- 
takenly publicized by the court. 

Her trip to a rehab center was 
documented by the press, and her 
lawyer said at one point the FBI 
was probing her crime-victims 
counselor for trying to see her case 

"The difficulties this case has 
imposed on this young woman in 
the last year are unimaginable," 
Clune said. "It is her sincere belief 
that when this case ends, she does 
not want to be brought back into 
the criminal process." 

By the time of the announce- 
ment, Bryant had already returned 
home to be with his wife, Vanessa, 
and their baby daughter. 

"Mr. Bryant is thankful this pro- 
ceeding has come to an end," said 

his lawyer, Pamela Mackey. "It has 
been a long and painful process." 

The NBA said it would have no 
comment on anything about the 
Bryant case. 

The small courtroom was 
jammed with reporters and court- 
house workers who showed up to 
offer support to the beleaguered 
district attorney's office. 

Outside, a small group of teenage 
girls who know Bryant's accuser 
gathered, including Lindsey McK- 
inney, who was slated to be a 
defense witness against her former 

"I'm glad it's over," McKinney 
said, adding that she never 
believed the accuser's story. "I hope 
he doesn't end up giving her a 
bunch of money." 

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The Way 
I See It 


A head coach of a foot- 
ball team has hard deci- 
sions to make. Some prob- 
ably keep the coach up all 
night and make him stress 
out constantly about 
whether he made the right 
decision or if he will be 
hanged by an angry mob. 

Demon football head 
coach Scott Stoker has to 
make hard decisions and 
live with the aftermath his 
decisions cause. Coach 
Stoker has had some hard 
decisions this preseason 
concerning his depth chart 
and who deserves starting 

The hardest decision 
Coach Stoker had to make 
was for the quarterback 
position. Davon Vinson 
was the starting quarter- 
back last season but he 
struggled at times. He had 
a great season throwing 
for 1,541 yards passing 
and eight touchdowns, 
but inconsistencies 
plagued him throughout 
the season. Some of Vin- 
son's problems last season 
where caused by his trans- 
fer from Baylor and com- 
ing into practice late. 

"I feel a whole lot more 
comfortable in my second 
year in the offense," Vin- 
son said. "I have it down 
pretty good." 

Stoker said he pushed 
Vinson a little too much 
and too quick, which was 
his fault. 

"Davon is the best quar- 
terback right now," Stoker 
said. "He is playing 
extremely well and he had 
a great preseason." 

Even though Vinson 
struggled last season, he 
shined throughout the 
preseason and has been 
tabbed the starter against 
the University of 
Louisiana Lafayette. 

Helping Vinson learn a 
little quicker was red shirt 
freshman Connor Morel 
who applied pressure on 
Vinson in the preseason 
for the starting job. 

Both Morel and Vinson 
said competition between 
them helped them get bet- 
ter for the upcoming sea- 

"Quarterback competi- 
tion definitely helps and it 
makes Davon and myself 
better,." Morel said. 

"It always helps to have 
competition," Vinson said. 
"It helps you play better." 

Coach Stoker said Morel 
has tremendous potential 
and he will get playing 
time against ULL. 

"I see a lot of potential 
with Morel and he has a 
great arm and can make 
some plays," Stoker said. 
"But he is trying a little 
too hard, which a lot of 
freshmen tend to do when 
they are pressed to play." 

Though the Demon 
offense has struggled in 
two scrimmages, Morel 
thinks NSU will do better 
against the Ragin Cajuns. 

"Our defense is a hard 
defense to pick up and it is 
hard to read with all the 
blitzes," Morel said. "We 
will be able to adjust and 
to pick up everything 
against ULL." 

Vinson said he is just 
ready to play against regu- 
lar opponents and not the 
Demon defense. 

"As long as we execute 
on offense, we will come 
out on top," Vinson said. 

Whoever is QB for 
Coach Stoker, he has a nice 
fall back plan in Morel or 

Coach retires 

By Patrick West 

Sports Editor 

Northwestern State's James 
Smith announced his retire- 
ment Wednesday morning 
and said it was time to do 
things he has missed over the 

"You get no holidays as a 
coach and I never had that 
time to spend with my fami- 
ly," Smith said. "I never got to 
spend time with my wife on 
her birthday or our anniver- 
sary and now I get to." 

Smith retired after coaching 
at NSU for 17 years and is the 
winningest coach in South- 
land Conference women's 
basketball history. Smith has 
an overall record of 340-155, a 
.687 winning percentage at 
NSU and guided the Lady 
Demons to a pair of NCAA 
Tournament appearances in 
1989 and 2004. The 1989 
appearance was the first-at- 
large invitation received by a 
Southland Conference 
women's basketball program. 

Smith also captured three 
regular-season Southland 
Conference championships, 
along with the SLC tourna- 
ment championship last sea- 
son. NSU also made three 
appearances in the Women's 
National Invitational Tourna- 
ment and endured only one 
losing season in his 20 sea- 
sons as head coach. 

Smith started his coaching 
career as the girls' head bas- 
ketball coach at Downsville 
High School. Smith then 
moved to NSU as an assistant 
coach for then head coach, 
Pat Nolan Pierson. The for- 
mer Marine would eventual- 
ly take over the head-coach- 
ing job in 1987, and the rest is 

Smith said he felt the time 
was right for his retirement 
and it was a gradual decision. 

"The time was right for me 
to retire," Smith said. "This 
was not a spur of the moment 

Smith said last year's suc- 
cess did help with the retire- 

ment but he decided to retire 
long before the season start- 

"I made a decision last Sep- 
tember to retire," Smith said. 
"It is just time for me to do 
something else." 

Smith said he felt uncom- 
fortable with the legend or 
icon status some people give 

"I try to fly underneath the 
radar," Smith said. "The pro- 
gram and the kids come first 
and if you have a good team 
then you just hold on for the 

Smith said he was already 
bored after two days, but 
plans to enter a private busi- 
ness to keep him busy. 

Smith said life was full of 
givers and takers and he con- 
siders the people of Natchi- 
toches to be givers. 

"It has been a wonderful 
ride with great people and 
great kids," Smith said. "This 
will always be a special place 
for me. Thank you very 

Chris Reich/the Current Sauce 

James Smith announced his retirement Wednesday morning in the 
Brown Stroud Room. Smith said he enjoyed coaching at NSU. 

Graf named new head coach 

By Patrick West 

Sports Editor 

Northwestern State decid- 
ed to stay within their coach- 
ing ranks and hired assistant 
coach Jennifer Graf to replace 
James Smith after 17 years as 
the head coach. 

"Coach James Smith said 
the best person to replace him 
was right underneath our 
noses," athletic director Greg 
Burke said. "She is mature 
beyond her years and is ready 
to be a head coach." 

Graf said she was excited 
about being named new 
coach and this was a dream 
come true. 

"Ever since I was little I 
wanted to coach," Graf said. 
"This is a dream job for me 
and a dream come true." 

When Graf officially takes 
the position, she will be 26 

years, 2 months and 26 days 
old, making her the second - 
youngest head coach in major 
college women's basketball. 

Besides being an assistant 
coach for four years, Graf also 
played for NSU from 1996- 
2000, helping the Demons 
win the 1999 Southland Con- 
ference championship. 

Though some question her 
age, Smith said she is the one 
for the job and felt good about 
the program being left in her 

"They have six senior play- 
ers returning this season so 
this was the right time for me 
and the transition would be 
easier for Coach Graf," Smith 

As an assistant, Graf's 
responsibilities included 
coaching, administrative 
work, recruiting coordinator, 
handled scouting reports and 

Chris Reich/the Current Sauce 

Assistant head coach Jennifer 
Graf talks to media and sup- 
porters about being a head 
coach at Northwestern State. 

setting the defensive scheme 

for each game, which helped 
prepare her for a head-coach- 
ing job. 

"As an assistant coach, Jen- 
nifer has established herself 
as a shrewd tactician, an out- 
standing recruiter and a won- 
derful mentor for the young 
ladies involved in the basket- 
ball program," President Ran- 
dall Webb said. "The fact that 
she is Coach Smith's choice to 
follow him as head coach is a 
tremendous endorsement of 
her ability to lead our pro- 
gram for years to come." 

Graf said she is not chang- 
ing anything in the program 
and wants to keep the tradi- 

"Lady Demon basketball 
has a tradition at NSU and I 
am not changing that," Graf 
said. "I am just continuing 
that tradition and hoping to 
build on it. 

Josh Barrios/the Current Sauce 

In March, Graf as an assistant 
helped the Lady Demons win 
the SLC tournament champi- 
onship. Graf won a champi- 
onship as a player and as a 
coach, giving her two SLC 
championship rings. 

Lights erected at soccer complex 

Sports Information 

The culmination of a two- 
year planning, funding and 
construction process has 
resulted in the most signifi- 
cant project in the history of 
the Northwestern State 
women's soccer program as 
lights have been erected at the 
Demon Soccer Complex in 
time for preseason practice 
for the 2004 season. 

At a cost of nearly $180,000, 
all of it derived from NSU 
Athletic Department budget 
monies or from privately 
raised funds, both the main 
competition field and adja- 
cent practice field can now be 
used at night as a result of this 

The 2004 NSU women's 
soccer team has already prac- 
ticed under the lights, getting 
underway at 12:01 a.m. on 
Aug. 11, which marked the 
first day the team could con- 
duct practice under NCAA 

The players will continue 
to benefit from the new addi- 
tion to the facility over the 
next couple of weeks by being 
able to hold one of their daily 
practices at night without 
having to endure the usually 
brutal August heat and 

The first official game 
under the lights will be held 
on Wednesday, Sept. 1, when 
NSU hosts Grambling State 
at 7 p.m. to kick off the home 

the private sector, this project 
would not have been real- 
i2ed," said Burke, who also 
acknowledged significant 
support for the project from 
the Natchitoches Parish Hos- 
pital, NSU Team Orthopedic, 
Dr. Chris Rich and BellSouth. 

The soccer lights project 
was completed by Twin City 
Electric Company from Mon- 
roe, in conjunction with the 
Natchitoches firm of N&A, 
Inc. and its president, Rick 

NSU, which has participat- 
ed in two of the past five 
NCAA postseason tourna- 
ments and is the only 
Louisiana program to com- 
pete in NCAA postseason 
play, will play nine other 
home matches this season, in 
addition to the Sept. 1 opener. 

Cheryl Thompson/the Current Sauce 

The Northwestern State soccer team stretches under the newly installed lights at the Soccer Complex. 
The Demons played their first game under the lights Wednesday night against Grambling. 

"It is hard to put into words 
how much of an impact the 
addition of lights to our facil- 
ity will have on the soccer 
program," said NSU head 
coach Jimmy Mitchell, who 
has been named Louisiana 
Coach of the Year twice dur- 
ing his five-year tenure. 

"Playing and practicing at 
night is beneficial from a safe- 
ty perspective, especially dur- 
ing the months of August and 
September. Also, after classes 
begin, having the lights will 
enable practices and matches 
to be held in the evening to 

avoid conflicts with afternoon 
classes, which had been a 
problem in the past. I see our 
recruiting efforts being great- 
ly enhanced as the lights are a 
significant addition to what 
we feel already is an out- 
standing soccer facility," he 

Mitchell, who has worked 
hard to develop a strong rela- 
tionship between his pro- 
gram and the Natchitoches 
Youth Soccer Association, 
also is enthusiastic about the 
opportunity to generate 
increased fan support by 

virtue of playing matches at 
night instead of in the middle 
of the afternoon. 

Grants from The Lupin 
Foundation in New Orleans 
and the Weyerhaueser Foun- 
dation were "definite shots in 
the arm" to the project in 
terms of funding, said NSU 
athletic director Greg Burke. 

"The Athletic Department, 
along with the women's soc- 
cer players and coaches, are 
grateful to the many individ- 
uals and businesses whose 
generosity made this project 
possible. Without gifts from 

Cheryl Thompson/ 
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The new lights at the Soccer 

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Craig chosen as acting assistant 
activities director 

The NSU department of student activities and organi- 
zations has appointed Alycia Craig as the acting assis- 
tant director of student activities, organizations and 
leadership development. Tenia Alexander formally held 
this position. 

Craig, a Mansfield native, iis a graduate of NSU with a 
Bachelor of Science with a concentration in psychology 
and a Master of Arts in Student Personnel Services with 
an emphasis in counseling. As acting assistant, Craig 
will work with the Student Activities Board, President's 
Leadership Program and Emerging Leaders Program. 

Craig worked as a graduate assistant in alumni affairs, 
student activities, counseling and career services and 
academic advising. She interned in student activities 
and counseling and career services. 

After eight years at Northwestern, Craig said she 
wants students to know that NSU can really be a home 
for students. 

"I want to be a role model that you can find fulfill- 
ment at NSU," said Craig. 

In her new role as acting assistant director, Craig 
plans to focus on learning the system before making 
any changes. 

il am an observer. I like to sit quietly and take in 
everything. For this first term, I plan to learn the ins 
and outs of this office," Craig said. "I've noticed that 
everything is strongly set in tradition and I plan to help 
people step out of those boundaries. After I learn the 
routine, I will attempt to implement changes." 

Jonathan Tullier and Kelli Miller 

Galgano first female ROTC 
batallion commander 

NSU's ROTC Demon Battalion has a new commander 
this year. Lt. Col. Teresa Galgano assumed her duties at 
NSU in June as the first female in that office. 

NSU's ROTC program is rated in the top 10 percent of 
the nationwide programs, ranking 23 out of approxi- 
mately 270 colleges. Galgano said one out of every 55 
NSU students is in ROTC. 

Galgano said commanders are assigned to schools by 
the Army. An officer chooses a geographical region, 
which includes a list of schools, and then a board 
reviews the list. The reviewers keep several things in 
mind when assigning a commander to a particular 
school. They take into consideration the officer's skills, 
where the officer would best fit and the distance 
between the officer's family and the base. 

Galgano, a native of New York, earned her bachelor's 
degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University 
and her master's degree in educational technology from 
Webster University. She enlisted in the Army in 1981 
as an environmental science technician. 

"I was in college and wasn't happy with my career 
•choice. ..and I wanted more than that. I wanted to get 
out and travel," Galgano said. She said she has trav- 
eled to several places, including Germany, Croatia and 
Turkey. Galgano also served in Desert Storm and 
Desert Shield when she was deployed in 1990. 

Galgano said she intends to continue the ROTC's suc- 
cess of commissioning 15-20 high-quality officers, and 
she also wants to reinstitute the ranger company, 
which teaches outdoor and survival skills. She said she 
Wants to build a program that people feel like they are 
a part of. 

"We want to help the cadets we have to succeed," 
Galgano said. "We instill values they may not have had 
growing up, and they may take those with them for the 
rest of their lives." 

Galgano can be contacted at her office in the Military 
Science Building. 

Lora Sheppard 


Last week's story "Wireless Internet now active on cam- 
Pus" listed an incorrect future site for wireless Internet. 
The correct sites are the Student Union and Kyser Hall. 

Last week's story "Biology department receives 
endowed professorship" incorrectly reported the amount 
of money recieved by the biology department. The correct 
amount is $70,000 from the Coypu Foundation and 
$40,000 from the Board of Regents. 

WRAC to open soon 

By April Dickson 

Sauce Reporter 

The six-year wait for NSU's fitness 
center to be renovated is almost over. 

Despite a summer full of delays, the 
Wellness, Recreation and Activity 
Center should still open early during 
next semester, Chris Sampite, physical 
plant director, said. 

During the May 2003 groundbreak- 
ing, master of ceremonies Greg 
Comeaux said the new intramural 
building would be completed in the 
fall of 2004. Although the original 
time table suggested that the grand 
opening would occur on New Year's 
Day , Mother Nature interfered. 

"The project is proceeding well, but 
we're running a little bit behind 
schedule," Sampite said. "One of the 
major causes for that was the above 
normal amount of rain experienced 
throughout the summer." 

University President Randall Webb 

■ See WRAC, page 3 

Leslie Westbrook/ the Current Sauce 
View from inside the WRAC building while under constuction. The building is supposed to open during the next semester. 

Mission: Demon Safety established 

New program encourages students to carry ID cards; some question 

program's effectiveness in increasing campus safety 

By Kyle Shirley 

Sauce Reporter 

This semester, a new program creat- 
ed by the University Safety Commit- 
tee will discourage students from 
leaving their student ID cards at 

Leah Lentz, an NSU counselor and 
chairperson of the committee, said, 
"We are responding to what students 
have said is a problem: thefts and 
criminal acts... things that happen 
from people who are not NSU stu- 
dents coming onto campus." 

Lentz said the project, called Mis- 
sion: Demon Safety, is a program 
inspired by Southeastern Louisiana 
University's Project Safety. It will 
begin this month with a program 
designed to ensure people on campus 
are enrolled at NSU. Lentz said the 
committee plans to place signs 

around campus reminding students 
to keep their student ID with them at 
all times. University Police officers 
will randomly stop students and ask 
to see their ID cards. If a stopped stu- 
dent is carrying his ID, the officer will 
give him or her an ink pen as a 

"And it's a really cool pen," Lentz 
said. "What we're doing is trying to 
raise awareness and create a positive 
reinforcement for students to have 
their ID at all times. We also wanted 
to create a more positive relationship 
with students and university police." 

Lentz said if an officer stops some- 
one on campus who does not have a 
student ID, the officer would give a 
verbal warning. 

Students are divided on whether the 
program will prove to be beneficial. 

■ See Safety, page 2 

Leslie Westbrook/ the Current Sauce 

Students gather for SGA Safety Committe meeting in the SGA office. The students are 
Ariel Kelly, Crystal Williams, SAB director Jeff Matthews, Matt Burroughs, and Beau 
Boudreaux. The meeting took place Wed. afternoon. 

Political science professor to attend colloquium 

By Mike McCorkle 

Sauce Reporter 

A member of Northwestern's facul- 
ty will be attending an invitation-only 
colloquium from Sept. 9-12. 

Alex Aichinger, associate professor 
of political science, is one of only four- 
teen people attending a national collo- 
quium on the book "On Power," The 
event will be held at Wabash College 
in Crawfordsville, Ind. 

The author of "On Power" is 
Bertrand de Jouvenel (1903-1987), a 
French political scientist, economist, 
journalist and author. His books and 
essays were influential in the academ- 
ic western world. 

"Bertrand de Jouvenel is not well- 
known, but his essays are frequently 
discussed among political scientists," 
Aichinger said. 

"On Power" discusses the process 
by which government and controlling 

Jason Griffin/ the Current Sauce 

Alex Aichinger 

majorities have grown increasingly 
powerful and tyrannical. 

In a book review on www.liberty-, Angelo M. Petroni of the 
Einaudi Center for Research in Torino, 
Italy, said the book "is simply a book 

that no serious scholar of political sci- 
ence or political philosophy can afford 
to ignore." 

The colloquium is sponsored by 
The Liberty Fund, a private, educa- 
tional foundation established to 
encourage the study of the ideal of a 
society of free and responsible indi- 
viduals. The group sponsors confer- 
ences around the world and grants 
scholarships to students. Attendance 
is on an invitation-only basis, and has 
included noted professors and schol- 
ars from around the world. Attendees 
are selected for their knowledge in a 
particular field. 

"It is an honor to be invited," 
Aichinger said. "I feel that this will be 
good for my students." 

John Capps, a junior political sci- 
ence major, said he feels that 
Aichinger 's invitation is good for 

"He is deserving of any honor he 

can get because he is a good profes- 
sor," Capps said. "I already thought 
that the social sciences department 
was high-quality, but this will add 

Aichinger said he hopes that the 
colloquium will assist him in his 
involvement with the American 
Democracy Project, an organization 
that aims to get students more 
involved in the civic life of the United 
States. NSU is one of several hundred 
schools that participate irt the pro- 

"It encourages citizens and students 
to become more civically engaged," 
Aichinger said. "Hopefully we can 
use some of. the information for the 

De Jouvenel also wrote "The Ethics 
of Redistribution," "The Pure Theory 
of Politics" and "Sovereignty: An 
Inquiry into the Political Good." 

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Bookstores' price differences explained 

Abigail Broussard, a freshman at 
NSU, said, "I think it's a great 
idea... most of the break-ins and 
most of the crime on campus is 
people who aren't going to school 
here. This campus needs to be 
watched a lot closer. If you don't 
belong here, get out." 

Freshman Manny Augello said, 
"People need their ID's. They need 
to remember to keep it on them." 

Senior Scholars' College student 
Aaron Williams disagreed. 

"Is it illegal to be on campus and 
not be a student? There were some 
times over the summer when I was 
on campus and I wasn't a stu- 
dent. . . it doesn't make any sense to 
try and close the campus," 
Williams said. 

Jared Kahanek, another Scholars' 
College senior, said, "This is a gross 
violation of our civil rights. I guess 
the cops have to do something 
besides give out traffic tickets to 
justify their being on campus, but 
that's just not it." 

SGA Treasurer Edward "Beau" 
Boudreaux HI has also voiced con- 
cerns about the program. 

"The way it was explained to the 
SGA, if someone doesn't have an 
ID, there is no way to ensure they 
aren't a student," Boudreaux said. 
"I don't think it's going to be effec- 
tive in targeting the audience we 
want to target." 

Despite his objections, 
Boudreaux said the SGA will "help 
in any way we can." 

Mission: Demon Safety will con- 
tinue introducing programs 
throughout the semester, including 
Sexual Assault Awareness Week 
from Oct. 5-8. 

The Student Safety Committee 
obtained funding for promotional 
signs and pens from the residential 
life and housing departments. 
Lentz did not have the exact expen- 
diture figures on hand. The com- 
mittee usually does not have its 
own budget. 

The committeeinvites invites all 
students to participate. 

"We have a very diverse popu- 
lation of students, and it's not 
closed," Lentz said. 

By Jonathan Tullier 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU students may have noticed 
that book prices at the University 
Bookstore are one to three dollars 
higher than those of the Campus 

"There was no time to think over 
prices," Lee Waskom, owner of the 
Campus Corner and the University 
Bookstore, said. "We took over the 
store in July and the previous own- 
ers left us nothing." 

In July, Barnes and Noble's con- 
tract with NSU expired. Waskom 
placed a bid for the University 
Bookstore. He won and now owns 
both local textbook providers. 

Waskom said that when they 
took over the University bookstore 
from Barnes and Noble, no histori- 
cal record or projectons of sales was 

"Our main goal for August was 
to renovate and train in the Univer- 
sity Bookstore," Waskom said. 

Under their contract with NSU, 
the University Bookstore is charged 
rent and financial aid charge- offs, 
slightly raising the prices there. 

A sample student's book costs: 

Here is a price comparison between the two book providers. 

Key: Book/University Book- 
store/Campus Corner 

• Uncivil War/$36.65//35.70 

• Floating off the 

• Team Rodent/$9.95/$5.20 

• Elements of Journal- 

• Sociology in our 

• Social 7/7/ngs/$17.55/$17.10 

• First Aid and 

• Media and Cul- 

• College Algebra/$69.00/$67.25 

• Physical Uni- 

Total: $457.90/434.50 

Financial aid charge-offs were 
estimated this year to be anywhere 
between $50,000 and $150,000. 
These compensate for students 
who purchase books with scholar- 
ships, drop out, and do not return 
their books. 

"If the actual charge-off prices 
are not this great, the book prices 
will fall more inline," Waskom 

Overall, the price variation is not 
as great as it once was. Pprices 
between bookstores have previous- 

ly varied five to 15 dollars per book 
Waskom said. He said that 
although book prices are different, 
clothing and school supply prices 
are the same. 

Waskon said closing the price 
gap on books between the stores 
has not been the only worry on his 

"We also have to address the 
problem of people who buy books 
at one store and return them at the 
other," Waskom said. "A return 
policy statement will be issued 
later this month." 

Foundation, board of regents set up endowment [R POLICE BLOTTER PO 

By Kyle A. Carter 

News Editor 

Through a donation from the 
Coypu Foundation and a partial 
match by the Louisiana Board of 
Regents, NSU has been able to set 
up an endowed professorship in 
the biology department. 

The Coypu Foundation is a char- 
itable organization that specializes 
in providing money to perform 
research in the studies of ecology 
and the environment. The late 
John S. Mcllhenny, a relative to the 
founder of the Tabasco Company, 
formed the group. 

Mcllhenny was a strong support- 
er of the sciences, especially those 
that dealt with issues of the envi- 
ronment and conversation studies, 
said Austin Temple, dean of the 
college of science. He said this 
interest led Mcllhenny to form the 
Coypu Foundation to provide 
grants to organizations to improve 
science and research in the state of 
Louisiana. The Coypu Foundation 
takes it name from the Latin word 

for the nutria rat, a species of ani- 
mal that some of the foundation's 
donations have paid to research. 

The Coypu Foundation donated 
a total of $70,000. Along with a 
$40,000 match from the Board of 
Regents $60,000 of the donation has 
been set aside to create a full 
$100,000 endowed professorship, 
Temple said. He said the remain- 
ing $10,000 has been set aside to 
provide for a scholarship. 

The University has not yet decid- 
ed, but the money from the profes- 
sorship will probably go to fund 
further research of an already exist- 
ing member of the biology depart- 
ment faculty, said Michael Bodri, 
head of the biology department. 

"It is a grant matched partially 
by the state," Bodri said. "They 
take the money and invest it, and 
we get the dividends." 

Bodri also said no one actually 
touches the original amount of the 
donated money. He said that with 
an endowed professorship, the 
original donation is placed in an 
interest gaining bank account. The 

original amount is never touched 
while in the account. Instead, the 
professor with the endowment is 
given the amount of the interest 
gained from the money in the 
account, Bodri said. The professor 
is then allowed to spend that 
money on further research by using 
it to purchase special equipment, 
hire research assistants, travel to 
conferences or remote locations, 
etc. The original amount of money 
can never be decreased, but can be 
added to. Bodri said this ensures 
the continued existence of the fund. 

"It is a flexible donation allowing 
professors to be free in their choic- 
es," Bodri said. 

President Randall Webb said the 
donation marks the first of its kind 
in the department and that the 
endowment would be named after 

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patched to check it out. It 
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began bearing on the wall as a 
result of an argument with his 
mother on the phone. 

10:08 a.m. 
The nurse was taken to 
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ences Room 132 where a 
woman was transported to the 

emergency room. 

11:25 a.m. 
A grounds crew member 
accidentally shattered the pas- 
senger side window of a facul- 
ty member's car. 

11:41 a.m. 
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involved in a hit and run. 

5:45 p.m. 

The fire alarm went off at 
Boozman Hall. Members of 
the Natchitoches Fire Depart- 
ment were en route. 
6:54 p.m. 

There was a fire call from 
Dodd Hall. 
8:21 p.m. 

A student reported his bike 


12:34 a.m. 
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room in Sabine Hall. She was 
transported to Natchitoches 
Parish Hospital. 

1:07 a.m. 

A student from Dodd Hall 
called and said that she could 
hear hollers echoing from the 
stadium. The dispatched offi- 
cer did not see or hear any- 
8:32 p.m. 

A statement was taken from 
a woman who tripped in a pot- 
hole at Turpin Stadium at 

8:22 p.m. 


12:44 a.m. 

People outside Sabine Hall 
heard glass breaking. There 
was a broken window on the 
fourth floor. An RA was sent to 
check it out. People from the 
room were going to Natchi- 
toches Parish Hospital because 
someone's finger had been 


3:05 p.m. 

A person was stuck in the 
elevator on the third floor at 
the stadium. 
8:21 p.m. 

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Bossier Hall. Members of the 
Natchitoches Fire Department 
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has been pushing to open the 
facility by Jan. 1. Because of rain 
delays, Sampite said that is going 
to be a tough goal to meet. 

Associate Director of Student 
Activities and Organizations 
patric Dubois said that the rain 
caused a lot of lost time, but the 
setbacks are not major. 

"We're still going to open in the 
spring. We can't guarantee a spe- 
cific date," Dubois said. "You 
look at this summer; this was one 
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100 years. It was in the top three 
in the past hundred years." 

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summer came when they began 
laying concrete at the WRAC. 

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moving equipment, and hiring 
and training a staff. This should 
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sure that this expensive and very 
detailed project is done properly 
and not hurried just so we'll have 
a facility," Dubois said. "I think 
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good job in making sure they do 
everything correctly and that it 
will be a building that lasts a long 
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January 2002 - The intramural building closed for renovations. 

April 2002 - IM underwent a three-week hazardous material and 

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September 2002 - Contractors began to make bids on the project, 

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Movie Review: 

Aaron Pizani 

Sauce Reporter 

Is it a remake? Is it a sequel? 
Have we already seen a movie 
about giant snakes in a jungle 
that have a sweet tooth for peo- 

No, no, and yes. "Anacondas: 
The Hunt for the Blood Orchid," 
directed by Dwight Little, 
should not be prematurely 
dumped to the side just because 
it seems like a total rip-off of the 
1997 "Anaconda" film starring 
Jennifer Lopez. 

Once you realize that "Ana- 
condas" was never meant to be a 
great movie, and that it was 
never expected to blow the top 
off any aspect of movie making, 
it is a It easier to sit and enjoy. 

A New York pharmaceutical 
corporation wants a group to 
trek through the Borneo jungle 
in search of the "Blood Orchid." 
This flower contains a chemical 
that takes the limit off how 
many times a cell can repro- 
duce. This would mean eternal 
life for a human and billions of 
dollars for whichever greedy 
drug corporation gets its hands 
on it first. 

The expedition consists of a 
scientist, Matthew Marsden; his 
assistant, KaDee Strickland; two 
corporate opportunists, Salli 
Richardson-Whitfield and Mor- 
ris Chestnut; a medic, Nicholas 
Gonzalez; a nervous techie, 
Eugene Byrd and the boat cap- 
tain, Johnny Messner, who 
seems to have "hero" oozing 
from his pores even at his first 

The plot is predictable and the 
dialogue is cheesy. At first it 
seems to be making fun of all 
other movies in the same genre. 
However, the movie eventually 
screams "sike!" at the audience 
as the plot suddenly takes a 
twist and becomes a good 
movie. This only happens once 
the first, and most annoying, 
character gets picked off. Per- 
haps that is what made the dif- 

The characters seem a bit 
cliche in the beginning but once 
they are thrown into a dire situ- 
ation, their traits are lovable and 
their fear is believable. 

The anacondas themselves 
are not seen in full detail or as 
frequently as you might expect, 
but when they do make a full 
appearance, they look good. 
The computer generated freaks- 
of-nature and the flailing bodies 
of their victims look surprising- 
ly real for what seems like a low 
budget summer movie. The 
scenery and locations were also 

The first half-hour might be a 
bit uninspiring and you might 
find yourself more interested in 
the back of the person's head in 
front of you than the movie. 
However, it quickly catches 
your attention and does not let 
go until the end. 

I would highly recommend 
"Anacondas" if you have 90 
minutes to kill and want to 
spend at least 60 minutes of it 
on the edge of your seat. 

Four out of Five Stars 

Photo by Chris Reich/the Current Sauce 

Thirty-six Kappa Sigma pledges spend their mandatory two-hours-per-week study time in Watson library Wednesday evening. 

Go to your quiet place 

by Tamara Carter 

Sauce Reporter 

Raquel C. Hill 

Life Editor 

Getting away from the hustle and 
bustle of college life can be difficult, 
but students can find their quiet 

Even on NSU's busy campus a vari- 
ety of quiet places are available to 
students. They may opt for a tradition- 
al setting such as the library or enjoy 
the natural ambiance of Lake Chaplin. 
Both offer a quiet atmosphere in 
which students can relax, and if the 
mood hits them, study for a class or 

Some places on campus are some- 
times quiet and sometimes not so 
quiet. Take the Friedman Student 
Union for example. During breaks 
between classes, students may snag a 
spot in the lobby or find a quiet comer 
in Vic's. Thorn LaCaze. a junior pub- 

NSU students search 
for quiet study areas 

lie relations major, likes to study in 
the lobby. 

"The lobby is always quiet." 
LaCaze said. "I usually grab an ener- 
gy drink from Vic's, sit by myself and 

However, the temptation of social- 
izing and grabbing food overrides the 
need for quiet and relaxation. To get 
away from distractions, some students 
may choose to sit in their cars. 

"I see it all the time." Leigh Ann 
Culbert. a junior journalism major 
said. "People sit in their cars on the 
telephone. 1 did it. too, just to get 

Students can also go somewhere off 
campus to find places that suit their 
relaxation or studying needs. Some 
students decide to venture to local 

pubs or cafes. 

For example. PJ's Coffee & Tea is 
frequently visited. Milka Sotomayor. 
a junior social work major, is the 
evening shift manager at PJ's. She 
sees many students who come with 
backpacks and laptops ready for long 
evenings of studying or writing. 

"A lot of people stay here all day 
with their laptops. The wireless net- 
work makes it really nice, too," 
Sotomayor said, referring to the wire- 
less Internet service PJ's provides its 

Because PJ's is across the street 
from the Louisiana School for Math. 
Science and the Arts, it becomes 
rather busy during the early evening. 
However, during the early afternoon 
and late evening, business starts to die 

down, and it becomes more pleasant 
for college students wanting peace 
and quiet. 

If caffeine is not your "cup of tea," 
there are other alternatives. Many 
students opt to study along the Cane 
River on campus. The willow trees 
provide shade while the cool grass 
offers a soft place to catch a few Z's or 
catch up on your calculus homework. 

Even though many students do find 
places to study, some students still 
find it difficult to get away from the 
noise of their roommates or dormito- 
ry. For instance, Latasha Monette, a 
senior fashion merchandising major, 
described the place where she finds 

"I go in my bathroom because I 
know no one will follow me." Mon- 
ette said. "It's the only time I can real- 
ly read." 

Whether you choose the Student 
Union or the bathroom, quiet places 
can be found. 

Photo by Chris Reich/ the Current Sauce 

Nick Austin (social work, junior), Valeri Jones (fashion merchandising, junior), Fugee 
Fournier (health and excercise science, junior), Melvin Ashley (business administration, sen- 
ior) in the lobby of the student union. 

Photo by Cheryl Thompson/the Current Sauce 

Shirley Gill takes a nap while waiting for her daughter to get out of class. 
Kelly Johnson, a junior LSMSA student studies in the background. 

Mind games: Play them now, build brainpower later 

By Shari Rudavsky 

Knight Ridder Newspapers 

Now, it's time to do a boot camp 
for your brain. 

A growing body of research has 
concluded that by keeping your 
mind active, you may stave off the 
memory loss and diminished brain 
functions associated with aging. 
Physical exercise and a healthy diet 
can boost the brain, too. 

"If you start in your 30s or 40s, 
you have four or five decades to 
control these factors that come into 
operation that can have a very dra- 
matic effect," says Dr. Ranjan 
Duara, medical director of the 
Wien Center for Alzheimer's Dis- 
ease and Memory Disorders at 
Mount Sinai Medical Center in 
Miami Beach. 

So, bravo to the crossword-puz- 
zle-a-day crew, the amateur CPAs 
doing their own taxes, the poly- 

glots who add one more language 
to their repertoire. Any and all of 
these activities done in earlier life 
can help bolster the mind in old 
age, a concept experts call "the cog- 
nitive reserve" theory. 

Jeanette Tristman of Miami 
Beach has lived her life by that 
creed. At 86, she spends hours on 
the computer, does crossword puz- 
zles, and reads voraciously. 

"This is the only way to do it," 
she says. "If you don't use it, you 

lose it." 

Some experts, however, doubt 
these exercises have an inside track 
of lowering the risk of cognitive 
decline. Without hard data to sup- 
port such claims, it's just too early 
to know, says David Loewenstein, 
director of research at the Wien 


"It can't hurt to stay mentally 
active, but anything that's good can 
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TUStere. were 
IJOil on 
September 11th? 

Kayla Brossette 

journalism major 

"I didn't go to school 
that day, and I hadn't 
even woken up yet 
when one of my 
friends called me to tell 
me what happened." 

Jeremiah Rivers 

health and exercise science 

"I was at the Kappa 
Sigma house watching 
Sports Center when the 
news broke. I remember 
I missed all my classes 
that day because I was 
glued to the TV." 

Miranda Williams, 
freshman nursing major & 

Kendra Thomas, 
freshman English major 

"We were in biology class 
watching Channel 1, a 
news channel we watched 
everyday at our high 
school, and the news 
reports flooding in. 


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Signature Style 

By now, you have reached 
NSU and surpassed the ideals 
of the high school mentality 
that fashion comes only to 
those who spend a lot of 
money. Coming to college 
makes a lot of people feel "free." 
Not necessarily free to do any- 
thing you want, but free to 
express who you are. I think 
freedom of expression is one of 
our country's most important 
assets and college is as good a 
time as any to put that expres- 
sion to work. 

Everyone has their own "sig- 
nature" style. This style is 
something that represents who 
they are and how they express 
their creativity or their sense of 
fashion. For instance, when I 
was in high school, I always 
dressed a little more maturely 
than my peers. I was known as 
a "sophisticated" chick because 
when I was told to dress up, I 
wore sleek suits and heels and 
classic dress styles. When 
things were more casual, I was 
still in a button-down, collared 
shirt with jeans and heels or 
boots. My style was simple, yet 
chic — and frankly, it bothered a 
lot of folks. 

My friends always teased me 
for dressing like was a busi- 
nesswoman or something— 
when the truth was, that's what 
I wanted to be. I wanted to be 
someone who was successful 
enough to dress up everyday 
and still look polished with 
clean lines on the weekends. 
That style still holds true today. 
Of course, I do have my 
moments when I will burst out 
of my room with something 
super trendy and fun — but that 
sort of style is not "harmo- 
nized" with my everyday per- 
sonality, it only hits me when I 
am in the mood! 

On one hand I am a girl that 
likes classic looks, but on the 
other hand I am definitely into 
trying out new styles and 
trends. The trend may not stay 
in my wardrobe for very long 
but at least I will give it a try. 

When it comes to style, your 
outfits don't have to match 
your shoes as much as your 
style has to match your per- 
sona. Wouldn't it be weird see- 
ing your earthy-bohemian type 
best friend show up to your 
door some day wearing a suit 
and heels? Of course it would 
be; it's not their style. 

There is nothing worse than 
looking at woman who is 
dressed in a style that has noth- 
ing to do with her personality 
or mentality. Style first starts 
out in the mind: when you feel 
good about how you look, you 
will always glow and shine, no 
matter what the occasion. 

By this time in our lives, we 
have seen trends come in and 
fade out, and we have made 
certain decisions as to what 
type of clothes look best on us. 
It is important to know what 
type of colors look best on you 
and also what type of shirt of 
pant styles fit the best. 

Take a lesson from style icons 
like Sarah Jessica Parker and 
Jennifer Aniston. Their styles 
are totally different from each 
other because each of them has 
their own fashion characteris- 
tics. They are not slaves to 
trends and they are not always 
running out to the nearest 
Neiman Marcus department 
store to find out what is in style 
this month. They choose col- 
ors, cuts, and styles that work 
for them, and them alone. 

Sarah Jessica Parker likes 
party dresses— and it is said: 
that her favorite designer 
gowns are in a teacup, balleri- 
na-type style that hits her right 

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below the knees and hug her 
tiny upper body. This style fits 
her personality and looks 
classy and refined on her. 

Jennifer Aniston has specific 
colors that she sticks to: black, 
red, green, white, and blue. 
These colors reflect the type of 
person she is: a practical, sensi- 
ble, no-nonsense kind of gal. 
The colors she chooses are bold 
and brilliant, never faded — like 
her. She wants to stand out, but 
in a tasteful manner. 

I've taken a couple of hints 
from my Little Sister in Tau 
Beta Sigma who has a great 
sense of style. She is a fashion 
major now, but in high school 
she was voted "Most Original." 
The fact that others respect her 
uniqueness is something of 
which to be proud! She is no 
slave to trends, but she does 
come up with some exceptional 
ensembles that I really admire. 
Her fashion variations totally 
fit her personality and I would 
not change one thing about it. 
Everyday, she walks out of the 
apartment with a smile, confi- 
dent that her style might be a 
little different but totally her 

Getting away from trends is 
not the point I am trying to 
make with this week's column. 
The point is to find out what 
kind of style fits YOU best, and 
hold on to it. Don't let anyone 
try and judge you by it and 
don't ever be afraid to express 
yourself and be who you are. 
You're in college now — and it's 
your time to shine. 

// you have questions or com- 
ments concerning fashion trends 
or products, please e-mail Raquel 

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friends relationship advice? 
Do you ihink you have whal 
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NSU students? 

Ihen we have the perfect 
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other mysteries. 

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Mind Games 


also be taken to an extreme," 
says Loewenstein, a professor of 
psychiatry and behavioral sciences 
at the University of Miami. 'I have 
people ask me, v My God, do I have 
to play Scrabble six hours a day?' " 

In the past, conventional wis- 
dom held that brains did not grow 
cells after a certain point. But 
research has shown that lab ani- 
mals that navigated mazes in cap- 
tivity buffed up their hippocam- 
pus, a part of the brain involved 
with storing memories. It's not 
known whether mental activity 
has a similar effect on human 
brains, but research holds that 
what one does now can pay off 

"What you put in earlier in 
adulthood and middle age can 
help you guard against some of the 
other aspects of cognitive decline 
in later life," said University of 
Florida psychologist Michael Mar- 

To help people stockpile that 
mental capacity, "brain gyms" have 
proliferated on the web, with 
names ranging from MyBrain- to, 
each one promising a collection of 
mental calisthenics. 

At Memory Concepts, sub- 
scribers pay an annual fee of $99 to 
pump mental iron with exercises 
that tax five aspects of memory _ 
language, executive function 
(problem-solving), visual-spatial 
skills, and long- and short-term 

Watching two family members 
suffer from Alzheimer's disease 
inspired founder Janet B. Walsh to 
create her own mental exercises, 
like taking art classes and brushing 
her teeth with her nondominant 
hand. Eventually she paired with a 
neuropsychologist to develop a 
program, which she likens to train- 
ing at the gym. 

"You really need someone to 
show you how to lift weights prop- 
erly or run on that treadmill prop- 
erly," says Walsh, 48, of Long 

Island. "We're actually saying the 
mind has the same capacity and 
we're just going to help you along." 

But others say the toughest mind 
games may do little to enhance 
people's ability to function in the 
real world as they age. One of the 
largest studies to date of older 
adults' cognitive abilities, the 
National Institute of Aging's 
ACTIVE trial (for Advanced Cog- 
nitive Training for Independent 
and Vital Elderly), demonstrated 
that while the subjects aced memo- 
ry and problem solving tests on 
paper, they registered no improve- 
ment in daily living. This result 
suggests that structured classes or 
even exercises found on the Web 
may be misguided, says University 
of Florida psychologist Marsiske, 
one of the principal investigators. 

"It's acontextual. It's not related 
to real life," he says. 

Rather than taking classes on 
how to improve one's memory, he 
said, people should engage in real- 
life activities such as going to the 
library or taking courses that spark 
one's mind. 
Intellectual activity alone does 
not necessarily suffice. Physical fit- 
ness and a healthy diet, important 
for maintaining sound bodies, 
helps maintain sound minds. 

One recent National Institute of 
Aging study found that after six 
months of regular aerobic exercise, 
seniors improved their recall abili- 
ty by 25 percent, according to cog- 
nitive function tests performed at 
the beginning and end of the peri- 
od. Those who engaged in nonaer- 
obic exercise for that same period 
saw no benefit. 

Earlier this month at the 
Alzheimer's Association meeting 
in Philadelphia, a Harvard doctor 
reported that middle-aged women 
who ate vegetables, particularly 
leafy greens, stayed sharper than 
their counterparts who turned 
their noses up at this food group. 
"These are all good things when 

it comes to brain health," says Dr. 
Gary Small, director of the UCLA 
Center on Aging and co-author of 
The Memory Prescription (Hyperi- 
on, 2004). "What's good for your 
brain is also good for your heart." 

In his book, Small describes a 
four-pronged plan to improve the 
memory in just two weeks, calling 
it "a boot camp for the brain." The 
plan melds memory exercises, 
physical activity, a diet high in 
antioxidants and omega-3 fatty 
acids, and stress reduction. 

Neuro-imaging scans showed 
that in just two weeks, a group of 
volunteers, age 30 on up, saw a 5 
percent improvement in the effi- 
ciency of their brain function, 
Small says. Their stress levels and 
blood pressure dipped. 

Now, he hopes to follow people 
over the long term to see if the 
results will continue to accrue. 

"If we can get such dramatic 
results in two weeks, imagine if 
people did this for two months or 
two years. I would predict that it 
would lower the rate of 
Alzheimer's," he says. "This may 
not cure it, but if we can stave it off 
for six months or a year, it would 
have a huge impact on public 

For some, memory problems are 
not a symptom of old age but a 
way of life. All his life, Ira Abrams, 
71, has had trouble recalling peo- 
ple's names. At social gatherings, 
the Aventura man would station 
his wife by his side and whisper a 
constant stream of "what's his 
name, what's her name" to her. 

Years ago, he joined the brain 
gym of his generation, taking a 
class to hone his ability to recall 
names. "That memory course," he 
says, "from, oh . . . what's his 

A beat passes. He hems nervous- 
ly and then blurts out, "Dale 
Carnegie," as the answer bubbles 
up from the inner recesses of his 

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The acceptance 

By J. Aaron "Q" Brown 

I hope those who read this column last week took the time to 
watch the President's acceptance speech at the Republican conven- 
tion, because this week there's a pop quiz! Everybody get out a piece 
of paper and pencil, put all your books under your desk and remain 
quiet until the test begins. Everyone ready? Then here we go. 

1) The act that President Bush refers to as "the most important fed- 
eral education reform in history" is: 

a) a federal act increasing school funding. 

b) a law requiring all teachers, private and public, to actual- 
ly have teachers' certifications. 

c) the "No Child Left Behind Act," which imposed dozens of 
regulations and requirements without raising funding or providing a 
clear goal. 

2) The tax cuts that Bush called "largest tax relief in a generation" 
have led to: 

a) the biggest budget surplus in American history. 

b) the biggest deficit in American history. 

c) the lowest poverty rate in American history. 

3) Under the "medical liability reform" the Bush regime is touting 
a doctor, who by mistake amputated both of a man's legs instead of 
his little finger, could be held accountable for up to: 

a) $500,000 and /or revocation of license. 

b) $1,000,000 and /or up to two years in prison. 

c) $250,000. 

4) "Pakistan was a transit point for terrorist groups. Saudi Arabia 
was fertile ground for terrorist fund-raising. Libya was secretly pur- 
suing nuclear weapons, Iraq was ." 

a) "a gathering threat." 

b) "the home of a genocidal dictator bent on destroying 
America and his own people." 

c) "an immediate danger." 

All right! The answer to number one is, (c), "No Child Left 
Behind," which would more appropriately be called "the most coun- 
terproductive federal education reform in history." Number two is 
(b), the biggest deficit in American history. In fact, before the end of 
the year, the deficit will reach more than a half trillion dollars. Bush 
attacks Kerry for his tax-and-spend policy, but Bush would have us 
simply spend, unaccountably. Number Three is (c); working on the 
assumption that it is frivolous lawsuits which have caused such high 
insurance premiums, Bush and company would put an absolute limit 
of only $250,000 on every malpractice suit, regardless of severity. 
Finally, number four is (a), "a gathering threat," but we didn't bomb 
any of the countries for which he listed specific offenses. By this 
loose justification, we should have bombed North Korea, Libya, Iran, 
Saudi Arabia, parts of Palestine, France (if you listen to some people), 
China, parts of the former USSR and India long ago. Double stan- 
dard, anyone? 

Quick correction to last week's column: the Green Party is, 
in fact, running a presidential candidate this term, but they said no to 
Nader. Check for more information. Also, we appar- 
ently got some complaints about the two liberal columns last week. 
You're damn right I'm liberal, and a radical, but not nearly as much 
of either as Bush, who's promising another four years of wiping his 
rear with the constitution. Write to with 
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My first vote 

By Hans Zeiger 

Courtesy KRT Campus 

On November 2, I will cast my 
first vote in a presidential election 
for George W. Bush. My decision is 
without reservation. President 
Bush is not only qualified for 
reelection, but much is at stake 
in this vote. 

I am not a die-hard Bush fan. I 
was never enthused about Bush in 
2000. 1 campaigned for Dan Quayle 
during his short-lived candidacy, 
and when Quayle dropped out, I 
volunteered on Alan Keyes' cam- 
paign. As a young idealist, I've 
always looked for principled 
heroes in the world of politics 
before I seek establishment candi- 

It is quite true that Bush is a 
man of the establishment. His pres- 
ence on the national stage is a result 
of his birth into a powerful family. 
This is a statement equally applica- 
ble to most of history's rulers and 
statesmen as to Bush. 

Whether the president shall 
retain his seat behind the desk in 
the Oval Office is now a separate 
matter from his association with 
the Bush family name. For nearly 
four years, the president has had 
the immense burden to prove that 
he is more than a man of the 
national-stage establishment, that 
he is capable of leading the world's 
greatest nation in an hour of crisis. 

This I think he has done quite 

well. We are at war on terror and 
. the commander in chief has accom- 
plished great things in the task at 
hand; two dictators have been top- 
pled and terrorist networks are 
being dismantled. In that sense the 
president has ably followed in the 
train of McKinley, Wilson and 
Franklin Roosevelt. 

I do not mean to say that the 
president has led perfectly on all 
fronts. Since he entered the 2000 
presidential race, I have never 
assumed Bush to be a conservative 
in the sense I like to think of con- 

I recently asked White House 
communications liaison Tim Goe- 
glein to what extent the president 
takes into consideration the Consti- 
tution in his daily policy considera- 
tions. I received a roundabout 
answer that suggested the presi- 
dent was a deliberative man, but 
not necessarily deliberative with 
respect to the Constitution. This, I 
would say, is the president's chief 
fault. It has been said that Bush is a 
big-government conservative, and 
for this he must be criticized. 

But I find increasingly as I learn 
the various roles of institutions 
within our society that George W. 
Bush is not the man to blame com- 
pletely for the growth of govern- 
ment - or the failure to stop its 
growth - in recent years. Neither is 
Congress or any other part of gov- 
ernment entirely to blame. Govern- 
ment cannot usually cut off its 

organs, nor even contain itself. 

The people of this self-govern- 
ing Republican country are ulti- 
mately responsible for our own 
lives. We must be a people of faith, 
compassion and character if our 
free institutions are to survive the 
rigors of a fallen world. So in 
America, the growth of govern- 
ment is not so much an issue of the 
state in some self-amassed power 
to tax, spend and control. That 
problem is more directly a result of 
the people in decreasing responsi- 
bility in matters of faith, compas- 
sion and character. 

Government grows because we 
the people demand more of it and 
less of ourselves. While we should- 
n't excuse this president for taking 
too liberal a view of government, 
God cannot yet forgive our nation 
for taking too irresponsible a view 
of ourselves. 

In the midst of these trials of 
character and Constitution - judi- 
cial tyranny, gay marriage, abor- 
tion, threatened individual respon- 
sibilities, burgeoning government 
- we are without a Washington, a 
Lincoln or a Reagan to guide us. 
The high places are not all disman- 
tled, nor the land made pure. 

But God sends different leaders 
for different times, and this one for 
ours. President Bush possesses 
high personal integrity, and though 
he may not consult the Constitu- 
tion as his foremost guide to policy 
as he ought, at least he seeks to pre- 

serve the Constitution. 

That cannot be said of John 
Kerry, whose character is question- 
able and whose political intentions 
are aggressively destructive to the 
Constitution and ordered liberty. 
John Kerry is unfit for command, 
say the veterans he so thoroughly 
denigrated. John Kerry is a flip- 
flopper, say those who know his 
voting record. 

Bush is a recognizable embodi- 
ment of two great political charac- 
ter traits, humility and prudence. 
He has an apparently genuine faith 
in God, private and public. His 
ability to delegate authority to men 
of great skill and experience is 
noteworthy. Few presidential 
administrations in recent history 
can match the collective knowl- 
edge and credibility of this one. 
This president is not a champion 
among statesmen, but he is a good 
leader nonetheless. 

So this young American is hon- 
ored to cast his first vote in a presi- 
dential election for George W. 
Bush. For what it's worth, I encour- 
age young people across the coun- 
try to join me in voting to re-elect 
this president. 

Hans Zeiger is a columnist and 
conservative activist. He is presi- 
dent of the Scout Honor Coalition 
and a student at Hillsdale College 
in Michigan. Contact him at 

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Thursday, September g, 2004 
the Current Sauce 


The Way 
I See It 


Did anybody notice a 
theme in this past week- 
end's college football 
games? The special teams 
for some college football 
programs cost their team a 
chance to win a football 

Let's look at some cases. 
First, on Thursday night, 
TCU vs. Northwestern as 
the game went into over- 
time. Northwestern's kick- 
er could not seal the deal 
as he missed five field 
goals in that game. 

Second, Oregon State's 
kicker missed three extra 
points. That is downright 
terrible, and LSU should 
have lost. 

Last, but not least is 
NSU vs. ULL. The 
Demons should have beat- 
en the Ragin' Cajuns, but 
the good ol' special teams 
came back to bite us again. 

I thought after last sea- 
son's debacles with the 
Demon kickers, there 
would be improvements 
this season. Well, looks 
like I might be wrong. 

I will give new deep 
snapper Tommy McClel- 
land the benefit of the 
doubt because he is new, 
but let us hope it was just 
a freak accident. 

As for our kickers, I 
know everyone remem- 
bers last season, so this is 
not something new. After 
seeing Josh Storrs's kick 
against ULL, I could not 
help but think back to last 

That kick was so low, I 
do not think the ULL 
defender needed to jump. 
Even Coach Stoker said 
Storrs just missed. 

The other missed kick 
by Tommy Hebert was 
due to a bad placement, so 
that is understandable. 

Now let me take you 
back on a journey of last 
season. During the NSU 
vs. Tulane game, Hebert 
missed two field goals, 
which would have won 
the game for NSU. 

The Demon's other kick- 
er, Storrs, had a chance for 
the win if he had nailed a 
45-yard kick, but a bad 
snap with a bad spot led 
him to miss that one. This 
was just the beginning. 

Up next in the ongoing 
tragedy of Demon kickers 
happened >at McNeese. 
Hebert missed an extra 
point and a 20-yard field 
goal, which led NSU to 
lose to the Cowboys 13-9. 

I am not trying to add 
pressure to the kickers. I 
know they have the ability 
to make kicks and win 
games, so I wonder, is it a 
mental issue? Is some- 
thing bothering these 

I know, though, that our 
coaching staff led by head 
coach Scott Stoker will fix 
this problem and sort out 
the kicking game. 

If we had made those 
two field goals, NSU 
would only have been 
down 14-13 against the 
Ragin' Cajuns, and if 
freshman A.J. Franklin 
had not fumbled the ball 
on the one, NSU would 
have won 20-13. 

But this is not a game of 
maybes. It is a game of 
action. I know next week 
the Demons will improve 
and keep getting better 
because coach Stoker will 
not stop until it is fixed. 

Check out some Demon 
football action; you never 
know what will happen. 

Sports | 

Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Service 

Former Demon goal keeper Nellie Latiolais saves a a goal last season. Latiolais was a two-year starter for NSU, but her career was ended early after a car accident this summer. 

A soccer career ends 

Cheryl Thompson/the Current Sauce 

Nellie Latiolais is now an assistant coach for the NSU Demons as she 
helps Coach Mitchell with the team. Here Latiolais is helping NSU's 
new goalkeeper like Krystle Donaldson adjust to playing in the net 
as a true freshman. 

By Adam Hymel 

Sauce Reporter 

What do Bo Jackson, Gale 
Sayers and NSU soccer's 
Nellie Latiolais all have in 
common? They all had suc- 
cessful athletic careers pre- 
maturely ended by injuries. 

Latiolais was preparing 
for perhaps her best season 
yet when an automobile 
accident sidelined her. 

She suffered an injury to 
the brachial plexus nerve 
and doctors told her she 
would risk being paralyzed 
if she continued to play. 

Latiolais was a two-year 
starter as goalkeeper for the 
Lady Demons soccer team 
with a number of honors 

She was the 2002 confer- 
ence tournament most valu- 
able player, a member of the 
2002 All-Louisiana Team 
and the 2003 All-Southland 
Conference selection. Latio- 
lais also had 134 saves last 
season with seven shutouts 
for the Demons. 

Like most athletes, Latio- 
lais has found it hard to be 
on the sidelines. 

"The hardest part is 
watching the team play and 
not be on the field helping," 
Latiolais said. 

Latiolais said although 
her inability to play has 
kept her down, she has 
accepted another role on the 
team as an assistant coach 
and so far has handled the 
move to the sidelines well. 

Coach Jimmy Mitchell 
said Nellie has really han- 
dled the transition well and 
has continued to be a valu- 
able part of the team. 

Mitchell also said Latio- 
lais has used her experience 
to help the young goalkeep- 
ers improve. 

Latiolais teaching has 
helped new goalkeeper 
Johnna Klohoker get in a 
rhythm early in the season. 

Klohoker ranks first in 
the league with 54 saves as 
Laiolais looks forward to 
helping the young goal- 
keeper get better through- 
out the season. 

The new goalkeepers are 
expected to help lead the 
young Demon squad to the 
conference tournament. 

Demons lose, look to tame Tigers 

By Patrick West 

Sports Editor 

The NSU Demons look to 
rebound and win their first 
game of the season against 
the Jackson State Tigers Sat- 
urday at Mississippi Veter- 
ans Stadium. 

The Demons slipped in the 
polls from No. 18 to No. 21 
after their loss last week to 
the Louisiana Lafayette 
Ragin' Cajuns. 

Demon head coach Scott 
Stoker said in this week's 
game, the Demons will have 
to execute in all phases of the 
game to beat the Tigers. 

"Jackson is big up front 
and they do a lot of things on 
defense," Stoker said. "They 
will be pumped up because 
it is their home opener and 
they will bring their A- 

The Demons and Tigers 
played last season, and NSU 
won the game 23-7. Coach 
Stoker said the Demons did 
not play well offensively 
against the Tigers last sea- 
son, and his team needs to 
improve this season. 

For NSU to win, the 
Demons will need to 
improve special teams and 
offense. The offense out 
gained the Ragin' Cajuns but 
had trouble finding the end 
zone as a turnover on the 
one-yard line hurt the 

The Demons also had mis- 
cues on special teams, which 
hurt NSU last season. 

A bad snap and two 

missed field goals also hurt 
the Demons. The lone bright 
spot for NSU in last week's 
game was the defense and 
the running game, which 
shined when the special 
teams and the passing games 

The Demons should fare 
well against the Tiger 
defense, which was ranked 
103 in stopping the run last 
season in 1-AA. The JSU 
defense gave up 304 rushing 
yards in a loss to Hampton 
last week. 

The Demons will rely on 
their potent four-running 
back system of Derrick 
Johnese, Shelton Sampson, 
A.J. Franklin and Greg Skid- 

Coach Stoker said the 
Demons will rely on the run- 
ning game, but the passing 
game needs to be effective as 

"We need to continue to 
do what we do," Stoker said. 
"We have got to be able to 
throw and run the ball to 
win this game." 

The two teams have met 
six times with NSU leading 
the series 3-2. This will be 
the last time the two teams 
meet, and the Demons will 
look to snap a five-game los- 
ing skid that began last sea- 

The Demons and Tigers 
kick off at 6 p.m. Saturday 
night in Mississippi. After 
playing the Tigers, NSU will 
open up a four-game home 
stand starting against Texas 
Southern on Sept. 18. 

NSU 7 ULL 14 

The NSU Demons could 
not overcome two special 
team miscues as the 
Louisiana Lafayette Ragin 
Cajuns beat them 14-7 Satur- 
day night. 

Despite out gaining the 
Ragin' Cajuns 343 yards of 
total offense to 288 for ULL, 
the Demons had trouble 
finding the end zone in 

The Demons' first miscue 
on special teams came in the 
first quarter when deep- 
snapper Tommy McClelland 
snap sailed over the head of 
punter Ricky Joe Meeks. 
This miscue set up ULL's 
first score. 

The second miscue by 
NSU's special teams came in 
the second quarter when 
kicker Josh Storrs' kick was 
low and blocked by ULL. 

ULL ran the ball back to 
the NSU 25-yard line, which 
set up the second score for 
the Ragin' Cajuns. NSU kick- 
er Tommy Hebert would 
later miss a 43-yard field 
goal in the third quarter. 

"Josh just missed the 
kick," Demon head coach 
Scott Stoker said. "Tommy 
missed the kick, but the spot 
of the ball was about a foot 
off, so that made him miss 
that kick." 

The Demons would score 
in the second quarter off of a 
pass from quarterback 
Davon Vinson to wide 
receiver Derrick Doyle for a 
17-yard touchdown comple- 

Cheryl Thompson/the Current Sauce 

Demon wide receiver Toby Zeigler tries to drag a ULL defender for a 
few more yards. 

tion. NSU had a chance to 
score with late drives, but 
Vinson missed some passes 
and the offense could not 

"Davon basically missed 
the last three throws," Stoker 
said. "He had a couple of 
guys open, and he has got to 
hit those open receivers." 

NSU was led offensively 
by running back Derrick 
Johnese who ran the ball for 
126 yards on 13 carries. Vin- 
son finished the game with 
148 yards in the air and one 

Cheryl Thompson 
the Current Sauce 

Derrick Johnese runs away 
from a ULL defender. 

This Just In 

Courtesy w 
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Demons open 
season 2-2; 
beat Air Force 
& ULL 

Northwestern State splj 
a couple of volleyball 
matches in the final day o 
the Hibernia Bank Classic; 
defeating host Louisiana- 
Lafayette 3-1 followed by 
an 0-3 loss to Tulsa in the 
nightcap here Saturday. 

In the first match, 
Priscila Augusto ant 
Whitney King each col 
lected double-doubles 
King getting 13 kills an< 
17 digs while Augusto ha< 
13 kills and 13 digs. Flavij 
Belo flirted with a triple 
double with 45 assists 
nine kills and eight digs 
The Demons dropped thi 
first game 28-30 but ral- 
lied for three straight wins . 
at 30-27, 30-28 and 30-2™VSI< 
to advance to the champiJCSITipi 
onship match of the tourJ 

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handle as Tulsa took thi 
match 30-25, 30-18 and 30 

Shannon Puder was thf 
lone double-figure hittejing lot," Sc 
with 10 kills as the Ladj repairs bee 
Demons, now 2-2 on th« 
season, hit just .093 to 
Tulsa's (5-0) .215 hittin^^ 

Ashley Hadley added When the 
16 digs and Belo picke^pletely 
up a double-double wit) «ross the 
27 assists and 12 digs. 

With the loss, NSU fin 
ished third in the tourna 
ment behind Tulsa anj 
Mississippi State. MS] 
won the tie-breaker ovd 
the Lady Demons by wa 
of its 3-0 win over NSU 01 

The Lady Demons wil the veterin 
return to action on Frida; plete, Bart 
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was satisfied with 
team's play early in 
game but believes th 
players got tired later. 

"The first twenty-fi v 
minutes we played th of tourism 
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played, but the last twerf With Cane 
minutes of that half W Creole Nati 
got fatigued," Mitche' 

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the team had chances ' 
win in the second half, bu Dion Boye 
just let them slip awav. "tent Cente 

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ty to tie the game. We h> "*at's kind 
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Demons come home 

NSU to take on Texas Southern Saturday 
at Turpin Stadium 

Page 8 

Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004 
Volume 90 • Issue 6 

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First copies free to NSU students and staff 
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Sauce on the Side 

Physical plant seeks funding for 
campus improvements 

NSU students may have noticed more places to park 
this semester. The director of NSU's physical plant said 
the addition of more parking spaces is one of several 
"({projects designed to improve campus facilities. 

Chris Sampite, physical plant director, said the No. 1 
student complaint is parking. To address that, 135 new 
spaces were added on campus last year. During the 
summer, a gravel 95-space lot was added near Sabine 
h, Hall. He said that the lot was not paved to conserve 
fonds for other projects. The cost of a gravel lot was 
one-third the cost of a paved lot. 

The money saved will be used to improve the condi- 
tion of the Sabine Hall parking lot. 

• was the "We've got scheduled for this fall to overlay that park- 
re hitteiing lot," Sampite said. "We're going to make all of the 
the Lad] repairs because that lot is in really bad shape." 

^ The overlay and redesign of entrances and exits to 
the lot will create 30 more parking spaces, Facilities 
Coordinator Billy Barton said. 

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When the Wellness Recreation and Activities Center is 
completely renovated, a 75-space lot will be installed 
across the street from Roy Hall to accommodate 
increased parking needs at the facility. 

Other campus improvements are in the works. 

Russell Hall has recently undergone some touch ups. 
"We had a lot of deterioration in the wood doors that 
were put in during the renovation," Barton said. "We 
replaced them with the style of door that goes with the 
historical building." 

The relocation and replacement of a horse barn for 
nons wil|the veterinary technician program is 90 percent com- 
plete, Barton said. The new barn is located across from 
i play ujthe University Columns on Tarlton Drive. 

Plans have been made to widen South Jefferson 
Street, and the physical plant is seeking funds to 
extend the street out to the Highway 1 Bypass to 
relieve traffic congestion and reroute traffic during 
'major events. 



Funds are also being requested for renovations in East 
defensMand West Caspari Halls. 

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April Dickson 

NSU to hold tourism summit; Lt. 
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enty-fiv Nsu wi || nost: a summit on the economic importance 
ayed tb of tourism in Natchitoches Parish Oct. 4. at Magale 
*e hav Recjt a | Hall. The summit is sponsored in conjunction 
ast twenl With Cane River National Heritage Area and Cane River 
t half * Creole National Historic Park. 

Thomas Whitehead, special projects director and ini- 
tiator of the program, said the summit's purpose is to 
Wucate the business community about tourism. 

Dion Boyett, director of the Small Business Develop- 
ment Center said: "Tourism is one of the primary eco- 
>pportuH "omic stimuli within the Natchitoches community, and 
e. We ha "tat's kind of unusual for a lot of cities. We have some 
v to wi Ur >ique characteristics and capabilities and those things 
ust could freate a payoff." 

mtage ' The seminar will begin with Boyett discussing and 
rtunities. analyzing how tourism affects the economy. He said he 

'"'ants the community to understand how tourists' 
she wi spenjing a ff ects everything that goes on in Natchi- 
1 a head< toches. 
ice's Sara 

urned 01 Whitehead said that the summit will discuss Natchi- 
nine eoa^hes tourism in relation to national and statewide 
nan foa^sm. 

Klohoke The program will conclude with keynote speaker Lt. 
ves in tfGov.. Mitch Landrieu, who supervises the Department 
of Culture and Recreational Tourism. 

| , treme j ' "Mitch has been going around the state talking about 
6 tW S ' vi^ economic impact of tourism and this is tying what 

id 8 t We ' re doin 9 here in Natchitoches Parish with the big 
would r picture of Louisiana," Whitehead said. 

ted her. 

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April Dickson 

Refugees flood area 

Community prepares to help travelers escape 
Ivan's wrath; students house family, friends 

By Kyle A. Carter 

News Editor 

As Hurricane Ivan travels 
closer to the Mississippi and 
Louisiana shores, local hotels, 
motels, and bed and breakfast 
inns are full, said Natchi- 
toches Mayor Wayne 

Dustin Floyd, acting gener- 
al manager for the Ramada 
Inn, said that the rooms there 
have been full since Monday. 
He said 327 people had to be 
turned away from the 135- 
room inn, and he still has 
about 75 people on a waiting 
list for rooms. Some of these 
rooms are filled with whole 
families and their pets. He 
said they have been renting 
the same room several times a 
day to people just coming in 
to sleep a few hours. 

"After CNN told the people 
of New Orleans they should 
evacuate, in a matter of 45 
minutes, we were inundated 
with calls," Floyd said. 

The local hotels and motels 
are not alone in the squeeze 
for space as people flood 1-49 
looking for places to rest 
along the evacuation routes. 
Some NSU students, who live 
in houses or apartments off- 
campus, x have had to accom- 
modate their families or 
roommates' families. 

Virginia McCowen, sopho- 
more pre-dentistry major 
from Lafayette, said her two- 
bedroom apartment is full 
from her roommate's three 
family members from 
Houma, who evacuated here. 
McCowen said she gave up 
her room to them while they 
wait out Ivan. 

James Smith Jr., senior CIS 
major, said it has been a pleas- 
ure having his parents stay 
with him during this time. 
He said they have made some 
time to spend together. He 
plans to bring them to his 
office and to meet his profes- 

"I'm grateful I can have my 
parents as guests at my 
house," Smith said. "It's 
exciting to have my parents 
here so they can witness up 
front what their son does with 

Leslie Westbrook/ the Current Sauce 

New Orleans evacuee Ebony Jones (12) holds her 7-month-old cousin Da'Nay Richards in Prather Coliseum Wednesday afternoon. Jones is at 
Prather Coliseum with her family registering to enter one of the city shelters. 

all that money they pumped 
into my upbringing." 

The evacuation routes are 
filling with the drones of peo- 
ple fleeing their homes to 

avoid the wrath of Ivan. 
Shelly Sparks, senior broad- 
cast journalism major, said it 
took her family six hours to 
make the 30-minute drive 

from New Orleans to Ham- 
mond. David Roberts, a resi- 
dent of the west bank of New 
Orleans and parent of an NSU 
student, said that it took him 

13.5 hours to drive to Natchi- 

At press time, the city shel- 
ters were on stand-by status, 
waiting for the final word to 

■ See Ivan, page 3 

Privatized dorm in works for next fall 

By Kyle A. Carter 

News Editor 

NSU students could be in 
for a big surprise next fall if 
the University's plan for a 
new apartment-style resi- 
dence hall is approved. 

University President Ran- 
dall Webb attended last 
month a Board of Regents 

meeting to update the board 
on the University's proposal 
to build a new on-campus 
dorm complex. Webb said 
the proposed residence hall is 
phase one of an overall plan 
to improve campus housing. 

"We thought it was time to 
provide apartment-style on- 
campus housing to attract the 
best students," Webb said. 

In phase one, the Universi- 
ty must gain final approval to 
begin construction, Webb 
said. The University will meet 
with the Board of Regents in 
October for that approval. 

Dan Seymour, vice presi- 
dent of student affairs, said 
student opinions and noting 
new construction at other 
universities prompted the 


A private consulting group 
conducted surveys during the 
past several years, which 
found a new residence hall 
was a top priority for stu- 

He said the new dorm 
would help keep NSU com- 
petitive with other universi- 

Seymour said the Universi- 
ty then met with a campus- 
housing group who did a 
market survey of the area and 
provided a plan for the new 
residence hall on campus. 

The new plan calls for a 
380-bed modified residence 
hall to be constructed in the 
area behind Iberville Hall 
near the Teacher Education 

■ See Residence, page 2 

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NSU Police Blotter 

7:51 a.m. 

Someone in the office at 
Natchitoches Central High School 
was contacted because two of 
their students were on the North- 
western campus. One ran away 
from officers. 
10:10 a.m. 

There was suspicion of drug 
use around a tree at Bienvenu 
Hall. A very strong and distinct 
odor was reported. One suspect 
was brought back to the campus 
police station. 


3:34 a.m. 

The Natchitoches City police 
department called to report that a 
student from the Columns had 
called and reported a fight. A 
statement was taken from the 
12:54 p.m. 

A student called in a 
between two girls at the 
2:37 p.m. 

There was 


a wreck at Prud- 

homme Hall. 
2:46 p.m. 

A call was received in refer- 
ence to a medical emergency in 
room 431 of Kyser. Police were en 
route with the nurse, and no 
ambulance was needed. 

10:11 p.m. 
A detective from Bienville 
Parish called to inquire about a 
possible resident of Sabine. 


2:18 a.m. 

A call was received concerning 
a possible suicide. The person of 
concern was unable to be located. 
10:09 p.m. 

A front desk worker called and 
reported a disturbance in the 
Rapides lobbv. 


6:50 a.m. 

Two joggers reported a white 
goat behind Williamson Hall. It 
was located in the stairwell out- 
side of the hall. An animal shelter 
attendant came to pick it up. 
12:34 p.m. 

There was an altercation 

reported behind Sabine and 


9:45 a.m. 

There was a horse barn con- 
struction worker with a child on a 
tractor spotted. 
11:32 a.m. 

The fire alarm at Boozman 
went off. The Natchitoches Fire 
Department was notified. The 
alarm going off was the result of 
someone cooking pancakes in the 
microwave on the 2nd floor. 
12:35 p.m. 

A call was received from the 
baseball office in reference to 
some minor vandalism and the 
sprinklers on the field being 
turned on after hours. 
12:50 p.m. 

Someone from the Family and 
Consumer Sciences building 
called to report that an iron bench 
near the building had been pulled 
up out of the ground. It appeared 
to be an act of vandalism and a 
statement was taken. 

12:58 a.m. 

The fire alarm at Bossier went 
off. The Natchitoches Fire Depart- 
ment was en route. 
4:04 p.m. 

The fire alarm at Bossier went 
off again. 
11:09 p.m. 

A resident of married student 
housing called to report a possible 
theft. Nothing was taken but it 
looked as if someone had tried to 
get in. 

11:50 p.m. 
Heavy arguing was reported 
outside of Sabine. It was just a 
group of people who had gotten 
out of hand. 


7:55 a.m. 

A student came in to report 
that his book bag had been stolen 
out of his vehicle. 
8:22 a.m. 

A woman was transported to 
the nurse for cuts. 

Elizabeth Bolt 


Center, said Jennifer Anderson, 
director of auxiliary services. 

She said modified residence 
halls are apartment-style living 
quarters that contain a kitchenette, 
central living area and their own 

Anderson said the new residence 
hall will have 30 two-bedroom, 
two-bathroom units to house four 
students and 126 two-bedroom, 
two-bathroom, units for two-stu- 
dents. Each unit will have a kitch- 
enette, which is an area for a refrig- 
erator and microwave, but it will 
not be a full kitchen. Anderson also 
said negotiations are being made to 
include a swimming pool and a 
recreation area. 

The idea for the residence hail's 
style came from the popularity of 
both Sabine Hall and the Universi- 
ty Columns, Anderson said. She 
said that the University knows that 
students like the suite-style living 
conditions of Sabine over the com- 


munal style living offered in 0: 
residence halls. 

"It is supposed to be a h 
between Sabine Hall and the 
versify Columns," Anderson sail 

The University wants to pri 
tize the new dorm building like 
University Columns, Seym 
said. The money to constru 
new building will come from a pJ 
vate investor. Everything frod 
constructing to running and maid 
taming the building will be left J 
the hands of the organization taU 
ing up the project, he said. 

"This project is designed to be] 
lease," Seymour said. "We wi 
lease the land and leave it in fU 
hands of a private group." 

Webb said after the constructiJ 
of the new residence hall, the Unj] 
versify hopes to enter phase tv 
the housing improvement pi, 
which will call for the renovatioi 
or destruction of other resideno 
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New cameras placed in police units 

By Brandon Newsom 

Sauce Reporter 

Have you ever run a red light or 
stop sign and thought it was fine? 
No one saw, right? Well, now 
someone may see you, or rather 
something. You may get caught by 
the new cameras in campus police 

Joe Morris, coordinator of the 
criminal justice program and 
retired police officer of more than 
20 years, said the cameras should 
help the police force, students and 
the University. The cameras are 
meant to help protect the officers 
from false accusations. 

If a citizen accuses an officer of 
abuse, officials can go back and 
review the tapes. Morris said the 
cameras will also help citizens from 
abusive behavior by police who 
will be less likely to abuse anyone 
because of the risk of being caught 
on tape. He said the cameras will 
benefit the University because the 
new system will encourage officers 
to act more professionally. 

Morris also said the cameras are 
small, measuring about 2 square 
inches, and are placed next to the 
rear view mirror. The tape is in a 

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New video cameras were placed inside 
and civilians from misconduct. 

lock box on the interior roof of the 
car so no one can tamper with it. 
Morris said the police officer can 
turn on the camera manually, or the 
camera will turn on automatically 
when the overhead light comes on. 
The cameras have been in all four 
campus police cars for about three 

Morris said the Gulf States 
Regional Community Policing 

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NSU police cars to help protect officers 

Institute has trained campus polio 
officers to use the cameras, whid 
were purchased with money froo 
the state, NSU police Chief Rick] 
Williams said. The money for th 
training was provided by a gran 
from the Department of Justice 

"Northwestern State Universiti 
has an excellent police department 
and this in- car camera use can onlj 
make it better," Morris said. 

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of emergency preparedness . He 
laid that people generally choose 
'to go to hotels before relying on 

I The city already has three sites 
Designated as shelters and other 
[smaller ones if an influx of people 
tome to Natchitoches. The three 
[shelters are the Health and Human 
{performance Building on-campus, 
me First Methodist Church and the 
West Side Baptist Church, Perkins 
said. He said these shelters could 
house a few thousand people. This 
year, the Natchitoches Police 
Department and the Red Cross are 
using Prather Coliseum as the reg- 
istration center for the shelters. 

Shelters are opened on an as- 
need basis, said Michelle Davison, 
public support director for the Red 
Cross. The shelters in Natchitoches 
will not be opened until the shel- 

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partnj aied up first, she said, 
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To make sure that the evacuees' 
personal needs are met, the local 
area branch of the Red Cross pro- 
vides food and shelter, Davison 
said. The Red Cross likes to use 
college campuses for shelters 
because many on-campus facilities 
already have accommodations to 
house and feed large numbers of 
people, she said. The Red Cross 
has already signed a contract with 
ARAMARK to help provide food 
for the evacuees. Sometimes, she 
said, local food service industries 
like to donate food as well. 

Despite the pressure placed on 
the city by emergencies like this, 
McCullen said Natchitoches citi- 
zens always meet the challenges. 
The city, he said, considers emer- 
gencies "as a chance to shine" 
when community members come 
together to help those in need. 

"Anytime there is a need, the 
people of Natchitoches are good 
about responding and assisting" 
McCullen said. 

University President Randall 

Webb echoed a similar sentiment 

"We as a community need to 
really reach out and be compas- 
sionate to these people," Webb 
said. "They will be contributing 
economically to our community, 
although involuntarily. We need to 
treat them well." 

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Thursday, September 16, 2004 
the Current Sauce 

Opinions 1 

The touch-screen vote 

By J. Aaron "Q" 

Those who know me know I'm 
no technophobe; I've had my 
internet connection since 1994, 
when the first graphical web 
browser came out, and my e-mail 
address is a single character at a 
four-character domain. I think 
programmers, by and large, do an 
amazing job putting together 10 
billion lines of OS code, and I 
trust my files to stay where they 
are unless something goes cata- 
strophically wrong with my com- 
puter. Unless, of course, someone 
catastrophically inept sits down 
with it for a while. This is why I 
do not and never will trust com- 
puterized voting. 

Several states are considering 
switching to computerized votes 
in the wake of last election's Flori- 
da debacle, and others have 
already started prepping the digi- 
tal booths for use. A switch of, 
say, one in five of the votes 
entered is not only feasible in 
such machines, it's technically 
very easy, not to mention being 
undetectable without a deliberate 
search through the thousands of 
lines of code needed to make such 
a machine operate. In the face of 
widespread skepticism, lawmak- 
ers have proposed several reme- 
dies, including a paper receipt 
system that prints a permanent 
copy for the vote-counters to keep 
and a copy for the voter himself 
to keep to back up the digital 
record, Of course, an alteration 
causing different outputs from 
these two printers in addition to 
the digital record is only slightly 
more complicated. 

A simple voter receipt system, 
too, is a band-aid on a gunshot 
wound. In the face of an altered 
vote, such receipts serve no pur- 
pose unless every single voter 

keeps his receipt and can tender it 
as proof of his vote for a recount 
and comparison. The simple fact 
is that it is a much, much easier 
job to change a one to a zero in a 
computer than it is to change a 
hole in a card, a mark on a slip of 
paper, or any of the other more 
substantial methods used to 
record votes. Having gone 
through the complex and often 
tedious process of securing my 
own computer against intrusion, I 
know how smart a hacker can be 
when he writes a hostile program, 
and something as important as a 
federal election should not even 
be placed at risk of such an attack. 

A couple of people suggested to 
me that I should write this week's 
column on the forthcoming vote 
on Louisiana's gay marriage 
amendment. For those who don't 
know, that vote is Saturday and it 
would ratify an amendment to 
the state constitution defining 
marriage as between a single 
male and a single female. I 
encourage all of you to vote on 
this as a matter of principle, but 
the fact of the matter is that the 
amendment will go through and 
gay marriage will be illegal in 
Louisiana until it is federally rec- 
ognized and protected. The peo- 
ple of this state may surprise me, 
but I expect a law restricting the 
rights of homosexuals to have 
great popularity here. The unfor- 
tunate side of this law is that it 
will technically dissolve some 
common law marriages between 
heterosexual couples that were 
married in a manner inconsistent 
with the law. 

I've got a policy of responding 
to all e-mail sent to me at sauce-, whether you 
like me or not. 

J. Aaron Brown is a Louisiana 
Scholars' College student. His 
column appears weekly on the 
editorial page. His opinions do 
not necessarily reflect the opin- 
ions of the Sauce staff or of the 

Connor Johnson 

Co rock the vote 

By Lora Sheppard 

Opinions Editor 

This semester, you will see plen- 
ty of articles on who to vote for and 
why. Vote for this person because 
of this, vote for that person because 
of that; eventually everyone is 
going to get so tired of hearing it, 
they'll vote for Ralph Nader, and 
then where will we be? 

No offense to those who will 
vote for Nader. I'm just being sar- 

Anyway, to get back to the point, 
much of the talk you will hear - 
especially for of-age college stu- 
dents - is to vote. I can't stress how 
IMPORTANT it is to vote in the 18- 
24 age bracket. We so rarely get a 
voice during elections, because 
many aren't registered at all, and 
some see it as a hassle, or not worth 
their time. 

When I registered to vote at age 
18 (two years ago), I did it because 
it is one of my rights as an Ameri- 
can. We have a right to choose. 
When we vote in presidential elec- 
tions, the popular votes can sway 

the Electoral College into voting 
who most of us voted for. I was 
going to mark my political party as 
Independent, but my dad changed 
my party to Republican. While I 
am mostly conservative, I do have 
liberal views on some subjects, 
which is why I usually stay out of 
debates. People in the middle 

ground usually get roasted during 
debates. However, I will gauge the 
campaigns and all that has gone 
on, and I will vote based on who I 
believe should be our president. 

Until November, you will con- 
stantly be told who to vote for, 
especially if you are a polls virgin. 
So, I will give you a piece of advice. 

Look at the campaigns, ads, 
debates and choose who you 
believe will be best for the job. 
Don't let your parents, your friends 
or anyone else decide for you or tell 
you who you have to vote for. If s 
just you and the buttons in the 
booth. (Deep breath. Ifs not as 
scary as it seems to be.) See every- 
thing, make a decision based on 
what you believe. VOTE. So if 
someone you didn't want is elect- 
ed, you have a right to complain. 
At least if you vote, you took an 
action and did something instead 
of letting others vote for you. 

Let others debate and talk - heck, 
join in the debates yourself if you 
are inclined. But don't let people 
make such an important decision 
for you. It's your vote so cast it and 
be proud that you did what you 
believed was right. We shape the 
future, and in 40 years, one of us 
may be on the ballot. Without a 
voice, we can't preserve our rights 
or change faulty laws. So get out 
on November 2, vote and use your 

Guest Columns 

Freshman life is like an uphill bike ride 

By Savanna 

I'm three weeks into college life, 
and so far, it has been less than 
spectacular. I really had high 
expectations about meeting new 
people and experiencing the joys of 
living on my own. So far, the only 
things I have experienced are 
spending $4 a week on laundry, 
purchasing my own food and 

I drove three hours from the 
small town of Lacassine to attend 
NSU. First of all, this place is big- 
ger than my hometown. Still, I 
haven't actually gotten lost walk- 
ing around campus. I just got 

turned around in Kyser Hall and it 
took me a while to realize it has 
four floors. 

I have made an impression on 
some people, though. I apparently 
sat in a desk that wasn't screwed 
into the floor in my physics class, 
and when I reached over to pick up 
my neighbor's dropped pencil, I hit 
the floor with my book, notebook 
and calculator. At least we were 
learning about gravity. 

My cell phone has also caused a 
few problems. One of my ring 
tones sounds like a siren so it has 
some similarities to a fire drill. It 
went off a few times when I was in 
a crowd of people, and everyone 
started to panic. I felt like a fire- 
fighter because answering my 
phone was like putting out a fire. 

With all of my problems, I defi- 
nitely need a stash of comfort food. 
My grandfather must have thought 

of that because he sent me a 50 
pound box of nonperishable food 
items. My closet is stocked for the 

Seriously, I have 15 cans of ravio- 
li, five cans of Campbell's soup, 30 
Kudos bars, 30 packs of Ramen 
noodles, 24 miniature boxes of 
cereal, 20 pouches of grape Kool- 
Aid and the list could continue. 
Plus, I have the largest meal plan 
available. I only weigh 112 pounds 
now, but I could see that number 
increasing in the very near future. 

Of course, I walk and ride my 
bike a lot more than I ever did at 
home. Riding a bike takes skills 
around here because of all the hills. 
Unfortunately, I don't have those 
skills. I want to let everyone know 
to watch out for a brunette on a 
green bicycle. The breaks aren't 
that reliable so it's really hard for 
me to stop when I'm going down- 

hill. The other day I put my feet 
down on the sidewalk to avoid hit- 
ting someone, and my tennis shoes 
started smoking because I was still 

I'll get used to my new sur- 
roundings at some point. I'm 18 
years-old and have the awkward- 
ness of a 13-year-old girl that can't 
apply lipstick. But by the time I'm 
22, I'll have the sophistication of a 
17-year-old. Then, things might 
start looking up. 

Savanna Mahaffey is a 
freshman journalism 
major. Her opinions do not 
necessarily reflect the 
opinions of the Sauce staff 
or of the University. 

Call for compromise on gay marriage debate 

By Justin Shatwell 

This Saturday Louisiana's major- 
ity heterosexual Christian popula- 
tion will go to the polls and decide 
whether or not to restrict the rights 
of its homosexual minority. The 
proposed amendment to the 
Louisiana State Constitution 
would explicitly ban homosexual 
marriages and civil unions. Under 
the banner of preserving the 
sacredness of marriage, this 
amendment has garnered enor- 
mous support and in all likelihood 
will pass by a large margin. 

As our society rushes towards 
this seemingly unavoidable out- 
come, I ask the proponents of this 
bill to seriously consider what will 
really change. Will homosexuals 
suddenly disappear? Will they 
decrease in number or be less open 
about their lifestyle? Will the gay 
or lesbian couple living three hous- 
es down from you suddenly 
believe that their relationship has 
less merit? These outcomes are 
ridiculous, and I hope that the pro- 
ponents of this amendment do not 
seriously believe any of them will 
occur. Rather, the only likely out- 
come of passing this amendment 
will be to more deeply divide our 
already torn nation. Homosexuali- 
ty is a social, moral, and ethical 
question, not a legal one. By pass- 
ing a law condemning one side of 
the argument, the other side does 

not prove itself right. The minority 
is not converted, it is only out- 
lawed. The only possible result of 
such a situation is resentment and 
pain. We must abandon this reck- 
less course and try to find some 
common ground so that heterosex- 
uals and homosexuals can live 
together in peace. In this spirit, I 
propose a compromise that I 
believe both sides can accept. 

Proponents of this amendment 
usually argue that it is necessary 
because homosexual marriage 
undermines the sacredness of the 
institution. On the other hand, 
homosexuals most usually argue 
against this amendment by claim- 
ing it is an infringement upon their 
civil rights. It seems apparent to 
me that the two sides of this argu- 
ment are arguing about two differ- 
ent definitions of marriage. It is my 
belief that if we remove this confu- 
sion, the controversy will disap- 

In the United States, marriage 
has both a social and a religious 
meaning. In the legal sense, mar- 
riage is a contract signed by two 
people that entitles each other to 
certain privileges, such as shared 
property and being viewed as a 
family member in instances of 
medical emergencies. In the reli- 
gious sense, marriage has varying 
definitions from faith to faith. The 
common thread between most 
Christian definitions is that it is a 

sacrament intended by god to be 
shared by a man and woman. 
These two marriages are very sepa- 
rate entities, and I am afraid we are 
allowing our feelings for one affect 
how we act towards the other. 

To remove this confusion 
between the secular and religious 
realms, I suggest that we pass an 
amendment that bans all recogni- 
tion of marriage by the state, and 
imposes equal civil unions to both 
gay and straight couples. This way 
"marriage" is left to be defined by 
individual faith communities. 
Members of religions could agree 
on what their fellowship views as a 
valid marriage and exercise there 
practices amongst themselves. Peo- 
ple would be married in the eyes of 
their church and their God, and the 
government would not have any 
say in the matter. Making the sanc- 
tity of marriage a personal matter 
for faith communities to decide 
would better protect the institution 
because such an arrangement 
would render it immune to tam- 
pering from legislation or court 
decisions. At the same time, homo- 
sexuals would be extended the civil 
rights associated with a legal union 
in a way that is unquestionably 
egalitarian. As all legally bound 
couples, gay or straight, would be 
defined as civil unions by the state, 
homosexual couples would not 
have to worry about separate not 
being equal. Whether or not homo- 

sexuals are "married" would be up 
for the particular couples and their 
faith or social communities to 
decide. I believe that this compro- 
mise addresses the concerns of 
both sides. Under its tenants all 
people are equal under the law and 
the sanctity of marriage is assured 
by removing it from politics and 
returning it to the hands of the 

As for the coming election, I 
would urge everyone to vote 
against this amendment. It is cleat 
that it will not solve anything and 
only deepen the divisions in ouf 
society. It is time we resurrect the 
lost art of diplomacy in this coun- 
try and have an honest discussion 
on this topic with leaders froi 
both sides. If we wish to live in 8 
stronger and more pleasant corrt! 
munity, we must stop trying to 
alienate one another and strike 3 
compromise. We must stop the 
bigotry and name calling on both 
sides and sit down and talk like 
adults. Please, let this be the begin- 
ning of an honest debate. I have 
offered my opinion, who's next? 

Justin Shatwell is a 
Louisiana Scholars' Col 
lege student. His opinions 
do not necessarily reflect 
the opinions of the Sauce 
staff or of the University. 

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NSU freshmen Alexis Mahoney, Alliona Marshall, and Dennetria Willis study outside the Friedman Student Union Wednesday. All three agreed that college studies are stressful. 

Stress Factor nsu 

students feel the pressure 

By Kelli Miller 

Sauce Reporter 

Stress. It can affect your life, 
your health and your academics. 

College students stress over a 
range of problems, including rela- 
tionships, money management, 
time management and expecta- 
tions of others, said Rebecca 
Boone, director of Counseling and 
Career Services. 

Kristen Cholley , a freshman 
biology and English major said, 
"The major thing I stress about is 

Todd Kirk, freshman computer 
information systems major, said 
that tests and papers stress him 

Emily Basco, sophomore nursing 

major said: "Parking is a major 
source of my stress. I drive around 
to find a parking spot and get 
annoyed at students who do not 
even use the crosswalks. They just 
walk out right in front of you caus- 
ing you to throw on your brakes." 

The Career and Counseling Cen- 
ter's staff sees many students 
about varied stress-related issues 
said Becky Barton, office coordina- 
tor for the University Counseling 

Boone said the center had many 
ways to help students deal with 

"We offer relaxation techniques 
and teach time management and 
money management skills," she 

She also said that the counseling 

center also counsels students about 
the importance of good nutrition 
and sufficient sleep, which can also 
lessen the effects of stress. For 
example, the night before exams 
she advises students to get plenty 
of rest. 

A brochure by Pamela Wild, 
available in the counseling center, 
gives five smart steps to lessen 
stress. The steps include knowing 
what stresses you, making a plan, 
taking care of your body, taking 
care of your feelings and asking for 

To get help or just to talk, visit 
Career and Counseling Services in 
Room 305 in the Student Union or 
call 357-5621. Hours are Monday 
through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 

Top Ten Strategies for Wildly 
Effective Stress Management 

• Organize yourself. 

• Control your environment by 
controlling who and what is 
surrounding you. 

• Love yourself by giving your- 
self positive feedback. 

• Reward yourself by planning 
leisure activities into your 

• Exercise your body since 
your health and productivity 
depend upon your body's 

ability to bring oxygen and 
food to its cells. 

• Relax yourself by taking your 
mind off your stress and con- 
centrating on breathing and 
positive thoughts. 

• Rest yourself as regularly as 

• Be aware of yourself. 

• Feed yourself. Do not poison 
your body. 

• Enjoy yourself. 

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By Theresa Huffman 

Sauce Reporter 

With the fall semester well under 
^ay, students are using their back- 
to-school purchases: notebooks, 
textbooks, pens and cell phones. 

Though some students use cell 
phones only in emergencies, more 
people are using them as their sole 
•rteans of communication. 

Matt Clair, a senior criminal jus- 
tice major, said his cell phone is his 
°nly phone. When he moved to 
Natchitoches from Pineville, he 
s aid he did not need a landline tele- 

phone since he has a cable modem 
for his Internet connection and all 
of his roommates have cell phones. 
Clair said he mainly uses his cell 
phone to keep in touch with family 
and friends and finds "no need to 
pay extra for a landline and min- 
utes are cheaper." 

Heath Morris, senior public rela- 
tions major, is a Cingular customer. 
Morris said he prefers Cingular 
because of its better coverage area 
and customer service. Morris' cell 
phone is mainly for long-distance 
calling and speed-dial calling, but 
he also has a landline for local calls. 

Morris works for his dad's compa- 
ny, and his cell phone is also used 
to keep in touch with the business. 

"It's always with me," he said. 

Tiffany Griffith, senior criminal 
justice major, said her cell phone is 
not her primary phone. Griffith 
said she uses her home phone as a 
primary line, but believes her cell 
phone makes more financial sense. 
She mainly uses her cell phone to 
keep in touch with family, such as 
her parents and her husband. Grif- 
fith said she and her family like the 
mobile-to-mobile feature, which 
allows customers within the same 

company to talk for free. 

"I can talk to my parents and 
other family around Louisiana," 
Griffith said. "I definitely need my 
cell phone!" 

Mark Wethington, senior broad- 
cast major, said his cell phone is his 
only phone, and Cingular has the 
best range and more options than 
other cell phone companies. 

"Every cell phone is ridiculously 
expensive, so you have to pick the 
one that has the best options," 
Wethington said. "They have free 
nights and weekends, unlimited 
voice mail and the best coverage 


Wethington said Cingular 's 
downloadable ring tones are "cool, 
because everyone has their own 
ring tone." Wethington said he 
uses other features on his cell 
phone, like the calendar to remind 
him of when assignments are due. 
He said he thinks pagers are less 
popular than cell phones. 

"Pagers have become scarce 
because with a pager you still need 
a phone to reply," Wethington said. 




College students away from 
home start to miss a few things: 
mom's home-cooked meals, dad 
helping us with our homework 
and being treated like royalty 
when we're sick. Now that 
we're at school, we can't run 
home or to the doctor for the 
smallest of problems. However, 
these small problems can affect 
you (and the folks around you) 
in a really big way! 

Of course, the easy way to 
relieve a cramp or to mask the 
odor of your stinky feet is to 
take a trip up to a drugstore and 
pick up something. But then I 
wouldn't have a column this 
week! So give these tried and 
true concoctions a go, and you 
will probably feel a lot better 
while having a lot of fun! 

Problem: bad breath 

What you'll need: salt, water, 
licorice sticks or fresh parsley 

How to make it: After each 
meal, sprinkle 1-2 tsp. salt into a 
glass of water and swish it in 
your mouth for 20 seconds; then 
spit. Repeat this 3 times. 

Why does it work? Bacteria 
thrive on food stuck in your 
mouth, and this can cause 
extremely bad breath. The salt 
rinse helps to remove those bits 
of food. 

BONUS: Chew on the 
licorice after eating 

Why does this help? These 
herbs can sweeten breath and 
mask the bad smell. 

Problem: a hickey 

What you'll need: a frozen 
spoon and pure aloe Vera gel 

How to make it: coat the 
hickey with the ale and then rub 
it in with the back of the spoon 
(keep one in the freezer!) for 10 
minutes daily to speed the fad- 

Why does it work? A hickey 
is basically a bruise. Ice con- 
stricts blood vessels, so there's 
less bleeding under the skin and 
the aloe can reduce inflamma- 

Problem: foot odor (aka 
Stinky Feet) 

What you'll need: grapefruit, 
water and dried sage 

How to make it: Make a foot 
bath by adding 1 tbs. grapefruit 
juice to 1 qt. water; boil 10 min- 
utes. Add cold water until it's a 
comfortable temperature; soak 
feet for 20 minutes and then pat 
dry. If odor persists, repeat 
daily until it's gone. 

Why does it work? Bacteria 
on the skin cause foot odor, and 
grapefruit juice is an antibacteri- 
al agent. If you kill the bacteria 
you'll, stop the odor! 

BONUS: Sprinkle the inside 
of your shoes with dried sage. 

Why does this help? Sage is 
really potent, fresh smelling and 
a great cover-up. 

Problem: gas or bloat- 

What you'll need: pepper- 
mint oil and water 

How to make it: Put a couple 
of drops of peppermint oil in an 
8-ounce glass of water and 
drink. If discomfort persists, 
have one more glass. 

Why does it work? Most 
painful gas occurs when stub- 
born bacteria in our intestine 
don't easily digest, resulting in 
spasms. The menthol in pep- 
permint oil helps ease the 
spasms, controlling your dis- 

Problem: menstrual 

What you'll need: about 1 
tbs. dried raspberry leaves, 
decaffeinated tea bag (caffeine 

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will cramp you up even more) 
and water 

How to make it: Steep rasp- 
berry leaves and tea bag in boil- 
ing water. After it has cooled a 
bit, drink it up. 

Why does it work? The heat 
relaxes the uterus and can pre- 
vent pain-causing contractions. 
Raspberry leaves have been used 
for many years to alleviate men- 
strual cramps, though a lot doc- 
tors aren't sure why the plant is 
so soothing. 

Problem: swollen, puffy 
eyes from crying (or a 
hard night of partying) 

What you'll need: 2 frozen 
spoons, a cucumber, and aloe 
Vera gel 

How to make it: pat a quarter 
size dollop of aloe around your 
eyes, avoiding eye contact. 
Place 1 spoon on each eye for 10 
minutes and then once the 
spoons have lost their "cooling 
power" place once slice of cum- 
ber on each eye until the puffi- 
ness goes away. 

Why does it work? Aloe Vera 
is a natural soothing gel that 
relieves everything from hemor- 
rhoids to sunburns. The frozen 
spoons relieve puffiness imme- 
diately while the cucumbers con- 
tain enzymes that allow your 
skin to retain its normal 
resilience and beauty. 

If you have questions or 
comments concerning any- 
thing in fashion, email me 

Art-smart faculty members 
show off their skills 

Dazzlers win XI 
big at regional 

Eight acclaimed NSU faculty members currently have art on display in 
Orville ]. Hanchey Art Gallery. The exhibit will close Sept. 24. 

Movie Line: 


Sept. 17-23, 2004 

Resident Evil - R 

7 p.m. 9 p.m. 

Mon - Fri 
Sat & Sun 
2 p.m. 4:20 p.m. 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

Anacondas - PG-13 

9:30 p.m. 
4:20 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

Sky Captain - PG 

Mon - Fri 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

Sat & Sun 
2 p.m. 4:20 p.m. 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

Mr. 3000- PG-13 

Mon - Fri 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

Sat & Sun 
2 p.m. 4:20 p.m. 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

7 p.m. 
2 p.m. 7 p.m. 

NSU Night 

Students & Faculty bring 
your NSU ID 

By Victoria Teola Smith 

Sauce Reporter 

The fall 2004 Faculty Art Exhi- 
bition has attracted the attention 
of NSU students and members of 
surrounding communities. 

Eight acclaimed NSU faculty 
members currently have art on 
display in Orville J. Hanchey Art 
Gallery. The show, which is free 
to students, runs through Sept 24 
and contains art of several medi- 
ums, from watercolor paintings 
to welded steel sculptures. 

Roberta Walters, assistant pro- 
fessor of art history and director 
of Hanchey Art Gallery, said she 
encourages all students to come 
see the shows in the galleries. 

"Generally, I like to have them 
in the fall because new students 
coming into the department and 
to the school can see what we're 
offering in the department here," 
Walters said. 

Walters said she believes "the 
show really is a tribute to the 
quality of the faculty and artists 
that we have here." 

Senior Ansonia Means always 
takes the rime to view the art in 
Hanchey Art Gallery. 

"There's always something to 
see, and the works here will 
always be a sight to see," Means 
said. "1 just think that it's won- 
derful how people that are associ- 
ated with Northwestern are gift- 
ed and allow their works to be 
displayed on campus." 

The next art exhibition will fea- 
ture the works of New Orleans 
artist Adrian Deckbar. Deckbar 
will speak Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in 
Magale Recital Hall. Deckbar 's 
exhibition, "Caught in Time," 
will run Sept. 27- Nov. 5 and will 
feature various paintings and 
digitally mastered prints. The 
show can be viewed weekdays 
from 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. 


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4 Actress Moore 
8 Perfect society 

14 That man 

15 "Havana" star 

16 Seattle pros 

17 Etching process 

19 Astonishes 

20 Feminist Orbach 

21 Dawn lawn layer 

23 Movie industry, 

24 Swarm 

25 Kind of 

27 Paper quantity 

30 Want _ 

31 N.A. reindeer 

33 Diamond stat 

34 Long-time 

36 Got by 

39 Paradigms 

40 Some football 

44 Exist 

45 More whimsical 

46 Ford fuel 

49 Polanski film 

51 Bear and Berra 

52 Bathe 

53 Unhappy 

55 NT. book 

56 Cowboy's rope 

57 Slurs over 

60 Went over again 

62 Doddering 

63 Writer 

64 Wrap up 

65 Lansbury or 

66 Egyptian 

67 Pig's digs 


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2 Provoked 

3 Entertains 

4 Overplay the 

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61 Groovy 

By April Dickson 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU's Demon Dazzlers dazzled 
the competition at a Universal 
Dance Association summer work- 
shop this summer. 

The team of 12 traveled to Geor- 
gia for camp competitions that 
serve as a precursor to the nation- 
al competition. 

The women earned first place 
for home routine, a routine that 
the Dazzlers prepared before 
camp. The women placed second 
in the fight song competition. For 
this competition, ever}' team pre- 
sented the same dance, which has 
taught at the camp. 

The Dazzlers also received the 
College Leadership Award, an 
award voted on by all of the par- 
ticipating universities. 

NSU's dance team also earned a 
superior award from the dance 
association for their performance 
during the workshop. 

Besides the group awards, each 
Dazzler earned two superior rib- 
bons for the execution of dances 
learned in specialty classes. They 
learned routines in pom, hip-hop 
and jazz. 

The Dazzlers' adviser, Abraham 
Anthony, said the team will use 
this workshop to prepare for the 
national competition. The Daz- 
zlers will send a video-taped per- 
formance to the judges, who will 
then placed them in either the pre- 
liminary, semi-final or final round 
of the national competition. 

The national competition is in 
January 2005 in Orlando, Fla. 

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Thursday, September i6, 2004 — the Current Sauce — Sports 

Hail the King! Volleyball player sets record 

Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Service 

Senior middle blocker Beth Freeland tries to block the ULL's defenders hit while 
junior setter Flavia Belo looks on. NSU went 2-2 at the ULL Tourney. 

Upcoming Demon games 

NSU home games and start times 

Sports Information 

Northwestern State's Whitney 
King put her name in the NSU 
record book on Tuesday by knock- 
ing down a school record-tying 31 
kills in a 3-1 win over Centenary in 
the nightcap of the Centenary Tri- 
Match. The Lady Demons lost to 
TCU in the opener by a 3-0 count. 

King, a true freshman out of 
Beaumont (Tx.) Ozen High School, 
awed the Ladies by becoming just 
the third player in NSU history to 
record 30 or more kills in a match. 
She hit .393 for the match with just 
seven errors on 61 attempts. She 
also had eight digs. 

"She's just an amazing player," 
said NSU assistant coach Greg 
Brown. "She hit the ball so hard and 
so well, it's almost uncanny how 
she does it." 

The Lady Demons (4-5) won by 
scores of 33-31, 26-30, 30-22 and 30- 
26. Prior to the Centenary game, the 
Lady Demons fell 30-20, 30-11 and 
30-23 to TCU (5-2). In that match, 
King led the team with 10 kills 
while Ashley Hadley had 14 digs. 

"We had a rough one against 
TCU," said Brown. "We just didn't 
hit the ball well and made too 
many errors. They are a good team, 
though. We did a good job of 
bouncing back and played really 
well against Centenary." 

Shannon Puder added 12 kills 
and five digs against the Ladies 
while Janel Fisher knocked down 
11 kills and led the team with a .474 
hitting percentage. Flavia Belo 
recorded a double-double with 33 
assists and 14 digs. 


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Football home games 

* NSU vs. Appalachian State 
Sept. 25 @ 4 p.m. 

• NSU vs. Oklahoma Panhandle 
Sept. 25 @ 4 p.m. 

Soccer home games 

• NSU vs. McNeese St. 
Oct. 1 @ 7 p.m. 

• NSU vs. Stephen F. Austin 
Oct. 3 @ 1 p.m. 

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I McCorkle 

The Way 
I See It 

Sept. 11 

The simple things in life, 
including sports, have soft- 
ened the many painful 
changes that occurred over 
the past three years. 

The tragedy of Sept. 11 
occurred three years and 
five days ago today. From 
now on the term "9-11" will 
never be forgotten or mean 
anything else. 

When the Twin Towers 
fell and the Pentagon was 
hit, the country changed 
instantaneously, and we as a 
nation have seen many 

The country has learned 
about Afghanistan, Al- 
Qaida and Osama bin 
Laden. We have seen the 
war on terror, an ongoing 
struggle in Iraq and lives 
lost in the defense of our 

We have also seen nation- 
al unity and divisiveness. 
However, there has been 
one constant over the past 
three years: sports. 

For a while, sports rightly 
took a backseat to the more 
important things in life, but 
then it became a small part 
of the healing process. 
Sports were a welcome 
diversion to the sorrow and 
anxiety that all of us felt. 

The terrorists who 
attacked us wanted the 
country to cower in fear, but 
we said "no." We attended 
football and baseball games. 

We watched the World 
Series in New York, the 
Patriots win the Super Bowl 
and our Demons kept on 

Our football team still 
runs through the tunnel and 
purple smoke at every 
home game. We still fire a 
cannon every time we score 
a touchdown. 

The Spirit of Northwest- 
ern marching band still 
makes us proud. NSU's var- 
ious teams have fought hard 
against schools like Duke, 
Arkansas, Georgia and LSU. 

We are still able to enjoy 
the annual battle for Chief 
Caddo. We still attend 
homecoming games and 
pep rallies. 

We still have a strong 
rivalry with McNeese. Some 
of us even "boogie on the 
bricks." Most importantly, 
we still have the freedom to 
enjoy all of these wonderful 

Were sports the magical 
cure that solved all our 
problems? Of course not. In 
the grand scheme of life 
many things have higher 

However, sports certainly 
helped some of us. Sports 
helped me keep a sense of 
normalcy in my life. For oth- 
ers it may have been paint- 
ing, reading, exercising or 
countless other activities. 

The popularity of sports 
around the country makes it 
understandable why it 
helped so many people. 

The healing continues 
even now. The fact that we 
still attend sporting events 
and watch the Super Bowl 
on television is a testament 
to our collective will as a 

We did not let the terror- 
ists win, and we will contin- 
ue to defy them by living 
our lives as normal as possi- 

Playing and watching 
sports, in particular the 
Demons this weekend, is 
one way we can do this. 
Play ball. 

Demons bring it home 

By Patrick West 

Sports Editor 

The NSU Demons look to 
survive another Tiger attack 
this week at Turpin Stadium 
as the Demons hope to tame 
the Texas Southern Tigers 
and record their second win 
of the season. 

This is the first game at 
home for NSU, and the 
Demons hope to extend their 
20-game home field regular- 
season winning streak 
against non-conference 

NSU fended off a strong 
Tiger attack in the second 
quarter last week and won 
their first game of the season 
28-20 against the Jackson 
State Tigers in Mississippi. 

Demon head coach Scott 
Stoker said the most positive 
thing about last week's game 
was the fact that NSU won 
the football game. 

For the second consecutive 
week NSU was hampered by 
erratic play, 12 penalties and 
inconsistencies on offense 
and defense. 

Coach Stoker said the 
Demon offense has not got- 
ten in a rhythm on offense, 
and he will play both quar- 
terbacks, Connor Morel and 
Davon Vinson, this week. 

"We are not clicking on all 
cylinders right now," Stoker 
said. "We played good for 
one quarter and that was in 
the second, but other than 
that, we had mental busts on 
every other play. We made 
them look a lot better than 
what they were." 

The special teams also had 
another blunder when 
Demon kicker Tommy 
Hebert missed a 31-yard 
field goal. The NSU kickers 
are now 0-3 for field goals 
this season. 

Coach Stoker said he is not 
concerned about the Tigers. 

"I am not worried about 
them," Stoker said. "We 
have enough problems with 
this team, but it is exciting to 
be at home, and we will have 
a great crowd this week. 

A bright spot in the NSU 
against Jackson State game 
was the defense. Defensive 
linemen Ed Queen and Tory 
Collins sacked the Tiger 
quarterback on a key goal 
line stop that helped NSU 
win the game. 

Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Service 

Sophomore wide receiver Josh Mosby tries to catch the ball over a Tiger defender. Mosby and the 
Demons beat Jackson State 28-20 at Veterans Mississippi Memorial Stadium. 

Punt and kick returner 
Toby Zeigler was named 
SLC special teams player of 
the week. Zeigler had 176-all 
purpose yards, including 166 
yards on seven kickoffs. Zei- 
gler's 36-yard punt return 
early in the fourth quarter 
helped the Demons score 
their last touchdown, which 
clinched the game. 

Kickoff for Saturday's 
game against the Tigers is 
6. p.m. The home opener will 
also have a giant screen tele- 
vision with a sound system. 
The big screen TV will show 
highlights and local busi- 
nesses throughout the game. 

The home opener will also 
have a brand new tunnel for 
the Demons to run through. 
The tunnel is inflatable with 
the NSU logo and a 
"Fork' em" sign on the front. 

Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Service 

Defensive linemen Gary Wesley and (92) Ed Queen try to wrestle 
the Tiger running back to the ground last Saturday. 

Queen led the Demons on 
defense withl3 tackles, one 
force fumble, one fumble 
recovery and 2.5 quarterback 
sacks. Queen was named 
Southland Conference Play- 

er of the Week for his play 
against the Tigers. Demon 
cornerback David Pittman 
also chipped in with two 
interceptions in his first 
game back from an injury. 

NSU 28, JSU 20 

Sports Information 

Northwestern State need- 
ed a sack by Tory Collins 
and Ed Queen on the game's 
final play Saturday night to 
complete a goal line stand 
and snuff out a comeback 
bid from Jackson State as 
the Demons posted a 28-20 
victory over the Tigers at 
Mississippi Veterans Memo- 
rial Stadium. 

The Tigers (0-2) used 
three Brian Green passes, 
covering 13, 22 and 16 
yards, to move to a first- 
and-10 at the Demons' 15 
with just under a half- 
minute remaining, trailing 
by eight. A 6-yard comple- 
tion on second down from 
Green to Chris Jones got 
Jackson State to the NSU 9 
with five seconds left. 

Heavy pressure from the 
Demons' Purple Swarm 
defense rushed Green into 
an incompletion, but one 
second remained. On the 
final play, Green never had 
a chance to look downfield 
as Collins and Queen 
smothered him for an 11- 
yard loss. 

Northwestern (1-1), end- 
ing a five-game losing skid 
dating back to last season, 
never trailed, scoring on the 
game's opening series when 
Shelton Sampson collected 
the first of his three rushing 

The Demons had the 
game seemingly under con- 
trol at halftime, leading 21- 
6, but the Tigers roared to 
life while NSU faltered in 
the third period as Jackson 
State posted a pair of TDs to 
get within 21-20. 

The Demons were out- 
gained 282-273. After run- 
ning for 240 yards last year 
in a 23-7 win over the 
Tigers, the Demons netted 
just 115 yards on the 
ground, but quarterbacks 
Davon Vinson and Connor 
Morel combined for 158 
yards passing, including 
plays of 43, 35 and 34 yards. 

It's a win, and we';ll take 
it any way it comes," said 
Demons' coach Scott Stoker. 
"We didn't make it pretty 
but we did compete hard." 

Soccer beats the Lady Techsters 

Sports Information 

Sophomore midfielder 
Julie Zavala scored two sec- 
ond-half goals Tuesday after- 
noon as Northwestern State 
dominated Louisiana Tech 5- 
in women's college soccer, 
spoiling the Lady Techsters' 
first-ever home game in their 
initial season in the sport. 

The Demons (2-5) outshot 
their hosts (0-3) by 39-1. 
NSU, which has one-goal 
losses to Rice, UTEP and in 
overtime to Centenary along 
with defeats at the hands of 
Ole Miss and Mississippi 
State, continues a challeng- 
ing early-season schedule 
Friday with a visit to Okla- 
homa State. 

Northwestern broke on top 
33 seconds into the game as 
Stephanie Miller netted a 
header off a corner kick by 
Natalie Waguespack, but it 
took the visitors nearly the 
rest of the half to double the 
lead on an unassisted Tara 
Powasnik goal 41 seconds 
before the end of the period. 

Zavala scored nearly five 
minutes into the second half 
off a Kaitlin Bowman assist. 
Marliese Latiolais lifted the 
Demons up 4-0 at the 76:29 
mark with an unassisted goal 
and Zavala wrapped up the 

scoring in the 85th minute, 
taking a pass from Erin 
Hebert and netting the ball. 

In goal, Northwestern 
coach Jimmy Mitchell split 
the duties between freshmen 
Johnna Klohoker and Krystle 
Donaldson, with each play- 
ing a half. Klohoker handled 
the Techsters' only shot of the 
game in the first half, getting 
a save. 

Louisiana Tech goalkeeper 
Jade Berbert went the dis- 
tance and recorded 10 saves. 
The Techsters have yet to 
score a goal in their first sea- 

NSU 1, Centenary 2 

Sports Information 

Northwestern State's John- 
na Klohoker, the reigning 
Southland Conference Goal- 
keeper of the Week, recorded 
three saves against the Cen- 
tenary Ladies but could not 
hold off the overtime game- 
winning goal by forward 
Tara Sageser as Centenary 
downed the Demons 2-1 in 
an extra frame. 

The Demons started slow, 
allowing the Ladies' to score 
in the 20th minute of the first 
period. The goal came from 
Sageser who had an open 
opportunity from 10-feet 
directly out the box. 

"The first period was frus- 

Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Service 

Sophomore midfielder Mya Walsh tries to outrun two Centenary defenders Friday night. The Demons tried 
to run away from Centenary, but fell short 2-1 in overtime. 

trating. We had a better por- 
tion then Centenary (4-0) and 
we just let the chance for suc- 
cess slip away," head coach 
Jimmy Mitchell said. 

The second period turned 
for the Demons (1-5) when 
midfielder Julie Zavala took 
advantage of a clean shot 
from the left side of the field 
at the 53rd minute and 
froml5ft away, beating goal- 

keeper Lindsay Stafford to 
tie the game at 1-1. 

"We dominated the play 
of the ball. Towards the end 
we just couldn't seal the 
game," said Mitchell. 

With regulation ending, 
both teams prepared for an 
overtime brawl, the second 
one for the Ladies' in a mat- 
ter of days. 

The game-winning goal 

came at the 101st minute 
when Sageser outwitted the 
defenders and hit 10-feet 
from the left. 

"We need to find ways to 
score," said Mitchell. "The 
biggest opponent we have 
are ourselves." 

The next home game will 
be October 1st at 7 p.m. when 
the Demons take on rival 

This Just In 

Sports Information Bureau 


Fans need to 
pick up free 

Northwestern State stu- 
dents have until Friday at 
4 to pick up free tickets for 
the Demons' home foot- 
ball game Saturday 
evening at 6 in Turpin Sta- 

Previously, university 
students were admitted 
free of charge at the stadi- 
um with presentation of a 
current ID card. Now, stu- 
dents are required to have 
a ticket for the home foot- 
ball games, said NSU ath- 
letic ticket manager Josh 

The student ticket is free 
with presentation of a cur- 
rent NSU ID. Students can 
stop by the ticket office in 
the athletic fieldhouse to 
pick up their football sea- 
son tickets. 

Students still are 
required to show their ID 
at the east side Turpin Sta- 
dium gate, along with pre- 
senting the game ticket. 

Students are limited to 
one ticket per person. Stu- 
dent tickets must be 
picked up by Friday at 4 
p.m. at the ticket office. 

The Demons play host 
to Texas Southern at 6 Sat- 
urday evening. The game 
is the first of four straight 
home contests for the NSU 
football team over the 
next five Saturdays, with 
an open date on Oct. 9. 

For more information 
about tickets, please con- 
tact the NSU Ticket Office 
at (318)357-4268 or visit on 
the internet. 

prohibited at 

Adopting a wide-spread 
policy throughout Divi- 
sion I football, fans 
attending Northwestern 
State home football games 
will no longer be allowed 
to use umbrellas inside 
Turpin Stadium, starting 
with Saturday night's 6 
o'clock home game 
against Texas Southern. 

In the event of rainy 
weather, fans should use 
ponchos or other rain 
apparel, said NSU associ- 
ate athletic director Don- 
nie Cox, game manager 
for Demon football home 

"Umbrellas really cause 
problems for people sit- 
ting behind those fans 
who are using umbrellas. 
They block the view of the 
field and they can also 
easily poke another fan if 
the face or even the eyes, 
and those are the main 
reasons that we've 
reached what we believe 
is a common-sense deci- 
sion to change our policy, 
he said. "Ponchos are very 
inexpensive and easy to 
carry. We hope it never 
rains at Turpin Stadium, 
but if it does, ponchos are 
a more considerate option 
for everyone." 

Among the other item* 
prohibited at Northwest- 
ern home games in Turpin 
Stadium: whistles, air 
horns, pets, coolers, back- 
packs, outside food and 
drink, alcohol and tobac- 
co. Large purses and bag s 
are subject to search at the 
stadium gates. 


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Saturday at Turpin. 

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Career Day in Prather Tuesday 

Counseling and Career Services will host the Fall 
Career Day on Tuesday in Prather Coliseum from 9 
a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Career Day is targeted toward juniors looking for 
internships and seniors looking for jobs. Seniors should 
come to the coliseum between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. 
Juniors and others interested should attend from 11 
a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Representatives from state, regional and national 
businesses will take resumes and give information and 
applications to students. Some of the businesses 
attending are JC Penny, State Farm, the Louisiana State 
Police and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. 

Traci R. LaBom, a career counselor at NSU, said 
attending the fair is a good way for students to network 
with businesses. Her recommendations for students to 
make a good impression with potential employers 
include dressing in business attire, having copies of a 
resume to distribute and researching the companies. 

Guidelines for dress can be found in the Counseling 
and Career Services department in the Student Union. 

LaBom said transcripts and portfolios are not neces- 
sary, but could help. 

"It's always better to have it than to say v Oh, I wish I 
had that,'" LaBom said. 

The companies represented at NSU's Career Day will 
also travel to other universities throughout Louisiana 
and surrounding states, which broadens the competi- 
tion for internships and jobs. 

LaBom said that employers don't hire people without 
meeting them first. 

"It's all about exposure," LaBom said. "You want 
employers out there to know that you exist." 

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Book of Job discussion Monday 

The Louisiana Scholars' College will present a panel 
discussion on the Book of Job on Monday at 7:30 p.m. 
in room 227 of Morrison Hall. 

Panelists will be Rabbi Arnold Task of the Congrega- 
tion Gemiluth Chassodim in Alexandria, Sister Marilyn 
Vassallo, a canon lawyer with the Diocese of Shreve- 
port, and Rev. Kathy Muder of the First Presbyterian 
Church in Natchitoches. Jeff Hiseley, a freshman in the 
Scholars' College, will serve as moderator. 

The panel discussion is part of the Scholars' College 
freshmen level Texts and Traditions I course that deals 
with Greek, Hebrew, and Roman culture in the classical 

Each panelist will briefly present his or her interpre- 
tation of the Book of Job. A question and answer ses- 
sion will follow. 

"We have done panel discussions of this great book 
of world literature every fall for the past several years," 
said Dr. Fraser Snowden, professor of philosophy in the 
College. "Students really enjoy hearing alternative 
interpretations of Job and discussing the vexing prob- 
lem of apparently unmerited suffering in the world." 

Admission is free and open to the public. 

Rabbi Task's participation is sponsored by the Jewish 
Chautauqua Society of New York. 

For further information, contact Snowden at 357- 

Courtesy NSU News Bureau 

Remnants of Ivan rebuild over 
Gulf of Mexico 

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the 
remains of Hurricane Ivan moved back into the Gulf of 
Mexico, and the storm redeveloped into a tropical 

Wednesday, a tropical storm warning was issued from 
the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana west to 
Sargent, Texas. 

The AP reported that Ivan could strengthen before 
'andfall. Ivan is projected to make landfall somewhere 
'tear Galveston, Texas, tonight. 

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day during the Student Activities Board Band Extravaganza. 

Council to improve 
academic advising 

By Kyle A. Carter 

News Editor 

NSU has made plans to 
improve academic advising 
by creating a council to 
address special issues related 
to advising. 

Anthony Scheffler, vice 
president of academic affairs, 
said NSU officials met with 
the academic consultant 
group Noel-Levitz last spring, 
who informed the University 
that it must improve academ- 
ic advising. 

He said Noel-Levitz told the 
University that student reten- 
tion and graduate rates could 
increase through assessing 
and improving academic 

Mary Edith Stacy, director 
of enrollment management, 
said Noel-Levitz suggested 
that NSU form a council. 

"We have to have an aca- 
demic advising council, which 
was one of the first recom- 
mendations Noel-Levitz 
made, to raise awareness in 
the field of academic advis- 
ing" Stacy said. "In address- 
ing the making of the council 
everything else falls into 

Scheffler said he and Sue 
Weaver, head of the university 
college, formed the Academic 
Advising Council to address 

the findings from Noel-Levitz. 

Scheffler said that under the 
leadership of Reatha Cox, 
director of the office of stu- 
dent success and new student 
programs, and Stacy, the 
council will meet regularly. 

"The intent is to better serve 
the students through better 
advising" Scheffler said. 

Cox said one of the main 
objectives is for students to 
gain a full understanding of 
their field of study. She said 
the most important item on 
the agenda is expanding stu- 
dents' understanding of aca- 
demic advising. 

Cox said some students 
consider academic advising as 
just registering for classes, but 
through the Academic Advis- 
ing Council, they hope stu- 
dents will learn more about 
the other facets of academic 

"We want academic advis- 
ing to be a process where the 
student and adviser have a 
relationship that will aid the 
student in achieving his or her 
career, educational and per- 
sonal goals," Cox said. 

To address this issue, the 
Academic Advising Council 
has been divided into five 
action committees. Each will 
address specific items 
involved with academic 

Stacy said the first commit- 
tee will study the University's 
mission philosophy and poli- 
cies on academic advising. 

She said the second group 
will develop plans to create 
and govern an Academic 
Advising Center. Even 
though only a proposal now, 
the center will serve as a one- 
stop area where any student 
can go for advising she said. 

The third group, Stacy said, 
will take an in-depth look into 
the findings of Noel-Levitz. 
She said Noel-Levitz gave the 
University about 30 recom- 
mendations to improve aca- 
demic advising and the com- 
mittee will study how to 
implement them. 

The fourth group, Stacy 
said, will study how other 
universities and businesses 
handle advising. She said the 
group's duty is to assess how 
the University's style of aca- 
demic advising compares 
with other institutions and to 
make suggestions on whether 
those methods will work for 

Stacy said the fifth group 
will look at the council as a 
whole. It will assess the find- 
ings, work and policies made 
by the council and decide 
what is best for the University, 
she said. 



By Kyle A. Carter 

News Editor 

Members of the NSU Theta 
Chi fraternity chapter were 
the victims of a break-in that 
resulted in the theft of their 
financial brief case and other 
personal items. 

On Sept. 11 between mid- 
night and 2 a.m., someone 
broke into the home of four 
members of the fraternity 
through the living room win- 

Jonathan Barfield, one of 
the residents, said he and his 
roommates returned to their 
home on Bennett Loop Road 
later that morning to find the 
window of their living room 

After an inspection of their 
home, the group discovered 
the results of the break- in. 

"Whenever we got home, I 
saw that my lap-top was 
gone," Barfield said. 

According to a report of 
the Natchitoches Parish Sher- 
iff's office, nearly $5,000 of 
the fraternity brothers' per- 
sonal items, along with the 
brief case containing finan- 

cial records for Theta Chi 
were taken. 

The list of missing items 
also included two laptop 
computers, a cable modem, a 
Playstation 2 game console, 
video games, DVD's, some 
clothes and money. 

Barfield said the brief case 
contained Theta Chi's check- 
book, financial information 
and personal checks from 
members of the fraternity. 
Nothing else in the house 
was disturbed, he said. 

"They did not go into the 
other rooms," Barfield said. 
"They just took everything in 
the living room. What was 
taken was enough for one or 
two people on foot." 

Soon after realizing what 
happened, they called the 
police to investigate. 

J.C. Townsend, sheriff's 
office detective investigating 
the case, said that no official 
arrests have taken place for 
the break-in. 

He said the incident is still 
under investigation by the 
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's 

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Silvie II, senior CIS major, Lindsie Brockner, freshman general 
studies major, and Brandon Bailey, sophomore nursing major. 

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Ashley Love Smith 
Dolly Kay Temples 
Carli Tidwell 

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Eric Dexter 
Chris Faist 
Jamaal Hill 

Miss NSU 

(Vote for One) 
Abby Brocato 
Ashley Dunham 

Laura Terrell 
Sarah Vitale 

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A resident of married student 
housing called to report his wife 


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A woman reported two suspi- 
cious men behind Kyser Hall at 
the loading zone. They were 
speaking rudely to a woman, but 
officers were unable to locate 


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A residence hall security work- 
er from Rapides requested an 
ambulance for a student. The 
Natchitoches Parish Hospital sent 
an ambulance. The student was 
unresponsive and inebriated and 
statements were taken. 

8:00 a.m. 

A Honda was broken into 
behind the Health and PE Majors' 
Building. The glove box and 
moon roof were open, papers 
were scattered and the dash was 
ripped out. 

11:15 p.m. 

A woman reported that a cou- 
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ing at the tennis courts. She said 
thev were shoving and hitting 
each other and an officer was dis- 
patched to talk with them. 


9:34 p.m. 

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nothing was found. 


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2:28 a.m. 

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2:45 p.m. 

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Thursday, September 23, 2004 — the Current Sauce — News 3 

NSU Blue Key one of four to win 
Outstanding Chapter Award 

By Elizabeth Bolt 

Sauce Reporter 

Four members of NSU's Blue 
Key Club attended the national 
convention for the first time, where 
they were one of four schools to 
receive the Outstanding Chapter 

Sixteen other schools were also 
represented at the June leadership 
workshop at the University of 
Georgia in Athens, Ga. 

"The best part about it was that 
we got to network with other chap- 
ters around the nation," said Can- 
dice Detillier, senior English major 
and Blue Key Club president. 

She said they had the opportuni- 
ty to meet Fred Bosarge, the first 
Blue Key member to be inducted at 
Northwestern in 1959. 

"It was a real honor to go 
because it really was a big deal," 
said Brandon Cormier, junior 
accounting major. 

Detillier said the award was a 
major accomplishment for NSU 
because it is the highest award 
given by Blue Key. 

"It was really awesome to hear 
them say 'NSU'," Detillier said. 

Awards were given based on 
each chapter's presentation. NSU's 
chapter did not know they had to 
-give a presentation, so Cormier 
said they were "shocked and felt 
unprepared" when they found out. 

Since they did not have Power- 

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The NSU chapter ofSPJ 
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Kyser Hall Room 107A (confer- 
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"I think it'll have 
an overall positive 
effect when the 
word gets out that 
one of our clubs is 
the best in the 

Candice Detillier 

Blue Key Club President 

Point presentations like the other 
groups, the NSU students talked 
about their chapter's past activities 
and plans for this year. 

"Ours wasn't fancy, but we got 
up there and proved ourselves," 
Detillier said. 

"We just got up there and 
winged it as best we could," Eric 
Dexter, senior business administra- 
tion major, said. 

Detillier said they were all sur- 
prised when they won and had 
shocked looks on their faces. 

"I wasn't going there expecting 
to win any awards. It was kind of 
surreal because there were some 
really good schools," Grant Wood- 
son, junior education major, said. 

He also said that the convention 

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opened their eyes to things they 
need to do now. 

"We got ideas we can use to help 
students get involved on and off 
campus," he said. 

Cormier said that even though 
NSU did not have typical presenta- 
tions, their work was worth it. 

"It was a reminder that hard 
work pays off in the long run even 
though we didn't have Power- 
Point," Cormier said. "They were 
impressed with the verbal informa- 
tion we gave them." 

Detillier said winning the award 
will help boost the image of the 
University and has helped get their 
chapter name out nationally since 
recipients of the award were post- 
ed on the Blue Key Web site. 

"I think it'll have an overall posi- 
tive effect when the word gets out 
that one of our clubs is the best in 
the nation," Detillier said. 

Detillier said that their main goal 
is to get their name out around 
NSU so more people will know 
what Blue Key is and will want to 

"We're trying to use our good PR 
from winning the award to branch 
out. We want to get a lot of people 
to come out," Detillier said. 

Detillier said the Blue Key Club 
will have fall recruitment in Octo- 
ber. Students must meet a GPA 
requirement of 3.0, have at least 45 
hours and will be notified by a let- 
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Thursday, September 23, 2004 
the Current Sauce 

Opinions 1 

Why I'm so cynical 

Weekend at home relieues stress 

By J. Aaron "Q" Brown 

I mentioned in my first column 
of the semester that I must echo 
much of the American populace 
by saying that I think both candi- 
dates act like the same person in 
spite of attempts to convince us 
that they are complete opposites. 
I'd like to talk about that a little 
more as the election approaches. 

Bush and Kerry's propaganda 
machines have spent the last 
months trying to make the two 
candidates look as different as 
possible, and the stupidest little 
things have become huge news. 
The other day, for instance, I 
picked up and flipped through 
Unfit for Command: Swift Boat 
Veterans Speak Out Against John 
Kerry in a bookstore. When I 
looked at its dozen-odd pages of 
endnotes, I discovered that a book 
which purported to be about the 
service of one person in Vietnam 
contained less than 10 sources 
from before the 1990s. But nobody 
cares. Kerry's machine is playing 
his Vietnam service against Bush's 
National Guard duty, the Bush 
machine is fighting back, and the 
only thing that matters to either is 
the news coverage. 

Remember, you can't 
think about this in terms of one 
person versus another. These are 
not individuals running for an 
office anymore. These are organi- 
zations scrabbling for power and 
trying to convince you that their 
ideals are the correct ways of life. 
Bush has appeared at the 
NASCAR pits and on the cover of 
Country Music Weekly opposite 
George Strait because his publicity 
machine knows his audience. 
They want you to think that a vote 
for him is a vote for biscuits and 
sausage gravy, and that Kerry just 
wants to abort babies and raise 
taxes. Their jobs are to make 
someone, who after three years of 
coaching still can't pronounce 
"nuclear," look like he's compe- 
tent to lead the free world. The 
Kerry machine is frantically trying 
to convince America that a vote for 
this horse-faced socialite who's 

never held a regular job is a vote 
for more civilized behavior as a 
nation and that Bush is just a well- 
connected redneck who's riding 
this cash cow we call a country for 
his daddy's oil business. 

Of course, none of these carica- 
tures can possibly even approach 
the truth, but people fall for it all 
the same. Bush and Kerry both 
want to centralize intelligence 
gathering in America (which I can- 
not believe is going uncontested 
after the discovery of the FBI's 
Carnivore e-mail monitoring pro- 
gram less than a decade ago), ban 
gay marriage (though Kerry 
would support the "civil union" 
band-aid fix), increase the size of 
the government (though govern- 
mental downsizing has historical- 
ly been one of the strong points of 
the Republican Party) and neither 
side wants to hear a third-party 
candidate talk in the debates 
they've scheduled. After all, he 
might shatter the carefully con- 
structed illusion of dichotomy. He 
might have something new to say, 
something to show the people that 
this is not a war between rednecks 
and hippies, between dumb jocks 
and sniveling nerds, between cow- 
boys and diplomats, but a real 
election in a real world where 
there are more than two courses of 
action available. The current 
arrangement is far too convenient 
to even risk such a thing. 

Go vote! There's a regis- 
tration drive in the Student Union 
outside of Vic's today, so you've 
got no excuse for not registering. 
One other item: Jason Cole wanted 
it to be known that it was his keen 
nit-picking eye which caught my 
slip on the Green Party's candida- 
cy in these elections. Write to me 
at if you 
have something to say. 

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Scholars' College student. His 
column appears weekly on the 
editorial page. His opinions do 
not necessarily reflect the opin- 
ions of the Sauce staff or of the 

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By Savanna 

I made the three-hour drive 
home last weekend to visit with 
my family and attend the Allen 
Parish Fair. The fair was great, but 
the heat made me feel like a slice of 
bubbling cheese melting away in a 
toaster oven. 

After the fair, my parents treated 
me to a medium-cooked sirloin 
steak at the local steakhouse. I 
don't know what it is about college, 
but I crave red meat when I go 
home. If I weren't chronically pale, 
I would say that my coloration suf- 
fers because of all the chicken I eat 

My grandmother also cooked me 

a roast and some shrimp etouffe. 
My grandmother is an awesome 
cook, and her Sunday dinners are 
so huge that no one within a five- 
mile radius of her kitchen could go 

Sunday dinner consists of at least 
two main courses accompanied by 
four side items, bread and then 
homemade dessert. Where I come 
from, using a boxed cake mix is like 
breaking one of the Ten Command- 

The food was fantastic, but even 
better, my parents also took me to 
Wal-Mart to replenish my toiletry 
and soda supply. My dad also 
washed my car and made sure 
everything was in working order. 
In a way, I feel like the prodigal 
daughter when I go home. 

Going home was a nice break 
from the hustle and bustle of col- 
lege life. Last Sunday, the air condi- 
tioner in our dorm suite started 
leaking streams of water. My suite 

mates and I set a bucket under the 
leak to prevent water from soaking 
our floor. I filed a maintenance 
report on Monday morning in 
hopes that the leak would be 
repaired shortly since a neighbor- 
ing ceiling tile was sagging. 

Tuesdav evening rolled around, 
and the soggy ceiling tile, as well as 
10 pounds of dirt came crashing 
down. It was a pretty big mess. 

When I went in to report the col- 
lapse on Wednesday morning, the 
receptionist declared it an emer- 
gency and had the air conditioner 
fixed right away. By that time, I did 
not consider it to be an emergency 

Besides the air conditioner catas- 
trophe, I had to study for four tests 
and complete an English essay. I 
spent four hours studying for a 
physics test, and I cannot tell you 
anything about Isaac Newton 
except for the myth of an apple 
falling on his head. I hate science so 

Letters to the Editor 

Student complains about 
amendment voting results 

For those of you not paying 
attention, an amendment to the 
Louisiana Constitution banning 
gay marriage and civil union was 
passed Saturday, effectively 
dethroning Mississippi as King 
Jackass of the South. According to 
the last reports I heard, the 
amendment passed 79% to 21%. 
Basically, this means that 79% of 
you are either too ill-informed to 
understand exactly for what it is 
you were voting or too homopho- 
bic to understand that homopho- 
bia itself makes you a horrible 
human being. 

Why is it that the South is per- 
petually unwilling to concede an 
inch on issues of social reform? 
Why is it that we Liberals have to 
constantly drag you people, kick- 
ing and screaming, into the next 
decade, into recognizing those 
individual rights you Conserva- 
tives claim to respect? Why is it 
that you insist on remaining a 
dangerous burden on thinking 

The crucial mistake this time 
around was in allowing the people 
to decide whether to extend civil 
rights to a minority group. This is 
why we don't have a direct 
democracy. This is why we don't 
ask for a show of hands on every 
bit of legislation. It's because peo- 
ple like you are wrong. If you 
don't believe me, then check the 
historical grab bag of public opin- 
ion. When was our greatest period 
of social reform? Well, I'd suggest 
that the mid-1800s (i.e., when we 

let Black people out of chains) was 
a fairly important time. Yet, for 
some reason, we couldn't abolish 
slavery until 79% of Louisiana and 
the vast majority of the rest of the 
ERNMENT, when the South was 
still too involved in the Confedera- 
cy, and when the Union could 
make Constitutional amendments 
to which the South would later be 

Yes, people, when we stopped 
asking you for your opinion, we 
managed achieve a degree of ben- 
eficial social reform. And here we 
find ourselves in a similar situa- 
tion. Instead of learning from past 
mistakes, you insist on reinforcing 
the idea that a minority group is 
for some reason inferior to the 
majority and all under the guise of 
Traditional Family Values. How 
truly offensive. I come from a tra- 
ditional family. My parents are still 
happily married and have two 
children. I'm about to graduate, 
and my sister is saving money to 
go to college. We live in suburbia. 
We even have a dog. I guess, 
though, that we weren't a "Tradi- 
tional Family" because homopho- 
bia was never one of our core val- 
ues. Live and learn. 

And so the cycle of reform con- 
tinues. Another group asks to be 
respected as equals, and 79% of 
Louisiana refuses. Nice work. You 
people perpetuate the stereotype 
of the redneck Southerner by, in 
fact, being redneck Southerners. 
Just check your history books. 
Every society has its historical 
atrocities; the difference between 

BY Connor Toknson 

them and you is that they're sorry 
for theirs. 

Chad Vicknair 
Scholars' College Senior 

Student justifies pro- 
amendment vote 

I enjoyed reading Justin 
Shatwell's letter to the editor 
opposing the gay marriage 
amendment. Justin, as he always 
does, presented a through and 
convincing argument. However, I 
was unconvinced. 

I voted for the amendment, not 
because I want homosexuals to 
change, disappear, or "prove" that 
their lifestyle is immoral. Rather I 
voted for the amendment because 
I didn't want the institution of 
marriage changed. 

I do not want homosexuals 
engaged in long-term relationships 
to be "married." Perhaps its 
because I am conservative, but I 
only see marriage as between one 
man and one woman. When I get 
married some day soon, I don't 
want my marriage to be equated 
with the "marriage" of two men or 
two women. 

That is not to say that I would 
deny homosexuals "equal" rights 
under the law. If homosexuals 
wish to form a long-term relation- 
ship that is legally bound, I would 
prefer that they be called "civil 
unions." These civil unions would 
be separate from marriage, and 
would be equal except for tax pur- 

I agree with the argument the 
government provides incentives 
for heterosexuals to abandon the 
single life and remain married so 
couples will be more inclined to 
spawn the next generation. Since 
homosexuals are not going to be 
rearing a family, I don't think they 
share the claim to a federal tax 
break. In Louisiana homosexuals 
are not allowed to adopt children 
through the United Way Agencies 
or Catholic Charities. 

The more we learn about homo- 
sexuality, the more we realize that 
it has always been a part of 

much that I sometimes refer to it as 
the devil. 

I spent 12 hours studying for the 
next three tests that all happened to 
fall on Thursday. I'm not sure if it 
was necessary for me to study that 
much, but I think it paid off in the 
end. My eyes just could not focus 
anymore, and I was covered in 
highlighter ink. 

Other than that, I am getting use 
to college life. I have located just 
about everything on campus, and I 
sort of know my way around 
Natchitoches. Most importantly, I 
know where the strip of fast food 
restaurants is, and it didn't even 
take me my whole freshman year. 

Savanna Mahaffey is a fresh- 
man journalism major. Her opin- 
ions do not necessarily reflect the 
opinions of the Sauce staff or of 
the University. 

human nature and will always be 
a part of human nature. Efforts to 
push homosexuals back into the 
closet do more harm than good. 
They prevent people from being 
able to fully explore, know, and 
express themselves. Whenever 
someone does not maximize his 
fullest potential, then all of society 
is adversely affected. 

I have seen many heterosexuals 
take a strong disliking to homo- 
sexuals in general because there is 
a vocal minority of gays who 
define themselves solely by their 
sexual orientation and are flam- 
boyant about it. These people do 
themselves and their community a 
great disservice by focusing solely 
on one aspect of their personality. 
We all should realize that we are 
more than just our sexual orienta- 
tion, the fraternity we belong to, 
or the clubs we participate in. 
These factors along with hundreds 
of other factors combine to make a 
whole person. 

Heterosexuals and homosexuals 
both need to look past the sexual 
orientation of those we encounter 
and relate to them as a complete 
being much like civil rights' lead- 
ers tried to do in the 1960's. If we 
can do that, then I think the nation 
will become less divided regard- 
ing sexual orientation. 

I am more liberal than my par- 
ents regarding homosexuals. Per- 
haps by the time my children are 
making decisions, this debate will 
be old hat and society will have 
moved past the small differences 
between a civil union and a mar- 

However, for now I do not think 
homosexuals should be allowed to 
marry, I do think that they should 
be able to form long lasting legally 
bonding civil unions. These 
unions will help homosexuals to 
become better, stronger people, 
much the same way as a married 
couple is complemented and reas- 
sured by the commitment the 

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Dear readers, 

Welcome to my first column. 
This is soon to become a question 
and answer forum that will be all 
about you and what you care 
about the most. But for this to 
happen, I need you guys to send 
in questions about your relation- 
ships, life and whatever else. 
Can't get a date? Boyfriend or 
girlfriend trouble? Don't know 
which condom is best to use? Just 
plain stressed out? I'm here to 
help and listen to you vent. Since 
lam going to learn and try to sort 
out all the messy intimate details 
of your lives, I thought I would 
tell you a little bit about me. In 
other words, allow me to intro- 
duce myself. My name, for the 
sake of my privacy and your 
own amusement, is Tallulah. I 
am a junior in the English 
department, and am minoring in 
journalism. I have dated and 
been single at different times in 
my life, but am currently in a 
long-term relationship. I love the 
Dave Matthews band and ice 
cream, and there will always be a 
special place in my heart for all of 
Chris Farley's movies. 

Introducing the column: 

But enough about me, since 
this is the first column I thought 
we would start off with some- 
thing simple: getting the digits. 
First of all, do not be shy. Be bold. 
And you do not have to be a guy 
to ask. Girls, this is no longer the 
50s, get a clue. Guys can be just 
as shy as you. Also, do not ask 
for someone's digits when you 
are with a huge group of friends. 
This will only make the other 
person feel intimidated and 
make you look like an idiot if you 
are rejected. If possible, let there 
be no witnesses to your possible 
shame and humiliation. If you do 
get rejected, you have the right to 
be persistent, but remember: 
nobody likes a stalker. Asking 
twice is okay, but if you're asking 
10 or 12 times a week, take a hint 
and let it go. Try not to call names 
or say something unforgivably 
rude if the person says 'no' (do 
this behind their backs from very 
far away). Whatever attachment 
you might have later formed 
with this person will be ruined if 
you act childishly. However, if 
Ihis person says 'yes' and you do 
snag their digits, then congratu- 
lations. Just don't lose the num- 
ber in the dryer with last week's 
pack of Winterfresh gum. 

Do not wait forever to call 
Because you don't want to seem 
desperate. It's cool if you're inter- 
ested and excited, so call in a day 
or two if you want. In the end, be 
yourself, unless you are the type 
of person who marvels over their 
ability to pick their teeth with 
flieir own toes — that type of tal- 
ent should be saved for at least 
he second date. 



While this is an advice 
Column, recognize that I am 
fallible. I am not a profes- 
sional psychologist or psy- 
chiatrist, and I base my 
pdvice solely on my own 
'personal experience and 
^search that I have done. 
h other words, be aware 
that any important deci- 
sions regarding your life 
should be made oy you, my 
Advice is simply one view- 
Point.* Have any questions 
pout life, love, or sex? Tell 
'allulah and send her an e- 
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Participants in the second annual world meat-pie eating contest begin chowing down on pies. The festival was held Saturday on the Natchitoches riverbank. 

Students get credit 

How to avoid debt when signing on the dotted line 

By Raquel Hill 

Life Editor 

Credit debt can be synonymous 
with college. 

Acquiring credit while still 
young can be extremely helpful 
when wanting to purchase a new 
car or home in the future. The 
biggest mistake many young peo- 
ple, mainly college students, make 
is attaining too many credit cards, 
most of which have high interest or 
annual percentage rates. The trick 
to acquiring and maintaining good 
credit is to think of credit in these 
terms: credit is people's financial 
reputation, and it follows them 
wherever they go. 

College campuses are polluted 
with offers for "pre-approved" 
credit cards. Many times these 
offers also come with perks like 
mugs or beach towels that, at the 
time, may seem too wonderful to 
pass up; however, it is critical to be 
informed of what you are getting 
into before you sign on the dotted 

According to the General 
Accounting Office, about 70 per- 

cent of undergraduates at four- 
year colleges carry at least one 
credit card in their own names. 
Those students without cards are 
many times in search of one, in 
hopes to start building credit. 

Before applying for "plastic," the 
National Fraud Informational Cen- 
ter suggests that the applicant of 
the card read the fine print of the 
credit contract. By reading this 
sometimes skipped-over informa- 
tion, students can find out how 
much credit can really cost. If you 
receive an offer for a pre-approved 
credit card or if someone says they 
will help you get a credit card, find 
out the details first. Knowing the 
facts about your card might save 
you. a few pennies in the long run. 

The first important fact to be 
aware of is the annual percentage 
rate, which is the interest charged 
along with the other required fees 
when you do not pay off your bill 
in full each statement. Many com- 
panies may try to trap students in 
with a percent APR that can soar 
to a steep 19.8 percent after six 

The second fact to be aware of 

America's college 
students control more 
money than the national 
debt of some small 
countries. Together they 
spend more than $19 
billion dollars a year." 

are late fees. If you cannot pay 
your bill on time, you will be 
charged a nominal fee. This fee can 
range from about $25-$30. If the 
credit card holder is habitually late, 
it is recorded on his credit history 
report and stays there for seven 
years. This will make it hard to get 
a school loan now or that dream car 
or home one day. 

The next thing to know about is 
the annual fee — something of 
which to be particularly aware. 
Many companies find it very con- 
venient to charge their customers a 

fee, even if customers do not use 
the card. Like many students, Sara 
Davis, a sophomore fashion mer- 
chandising major, finds it comfort- 
ing to carry a credit card in case of 

"A credit card is like a security 
blanket. If you have it on you 
while you're driving down the 
road and you get car trouble, it 
comes in handy," Davis said, "You 
can't call you parents for little 
emergencies like for gas or person- 
al things, so it helps with that, too." 

For this reason, it is important to 
ask a representative of the credit 
card company if there is an annual 
fee. If there is, keep in mind that 
many other card companies offer 
plastics without an annual fee — 
just remember to read the fine print 
for any other fees that may be hid- 
den in the contract. had a few tips to 
help college students keep credit 
card debt in check: 

• Only have one card. By acquir- 
ing many cards, it becomes harder 
to keep up with the payments and 
to keep track of the statements. 

> See Credit, page 6 

Impulse purchases affect student bank accounts 

Above: Photo Illustration by Leslie Westbrook/the Current Sauce 

Photo by: Cheryl Thompson/the Current Sauce 

Below: Senior Cedrick Miller uses the ATM outside of the Student Union. 

By Victoria Smith 

Sauce Reporter 

Finances! Finances! Finances! 
Are you confident your personal 
finances are completely in order? 
Do you occasionally on impulse 
buy random, unnecessary items 
whether you can afford it or not. 
Many NSU students fall victim to 
this random act called splurging. 
Some even go into debt. 

Sophomore Tyrome Sweet said 
he frequently finds himself going 
out to purchase food and clothing. 

"Even though I have a meal 
plan, I still go out and buy food," 
Sweet said. "I went to the mall in 
Shreveport last weekend and I 
only had $30 and I bought a hat for 

Michael Gatson admits to 
squandering money unnecessari- 


"I spend money on things that I 
don't need such as going out of 
town and spending money to eat 
out, buying alcohol and shop- 
ping," Gatson said. "I shop a lot. If 
it's not for clothes, ifs for things 
for my apartment." 

To prevent vast overspending, 
Gatson said he regularly monitors 
his checking account. When his 
balance gets low, he said he asks 
his parents to put more money 
into his account. 

Students spend money on their 
personal appearances. Gatson has 
his hair cut every week even 
though he said it is not necessary. 
Sweet said he falls victim to shoes 
and clothing when he goes to the 

"If I saw some shoes that I really 
wanted I'd write a check and go 
cover it the next day before the 
check went through," Sweet said. 
Because of his overspending he 
said he needs to develop better 
money management skills rather 
than having to get more money 
from home. 

"If I see something that I want 
and the funds are there, I'm going 
to get it," Sweet said. 

Credit cards are an alternative to 
over drafting checking accounts 
when students are short on cash, 
but misuse can lead to long-term 
debt and ruined credit. Many stu- 
dents use their credit cards to pur- 
chase gas or to go shopping. 
Sweet said his Visa Platinum is 
completely maxed out from shoe 
and clothing purchases. 

In contrast, freshman Brianna 
Deason said she rigorously budg- 
ets her money weekly. If there is a 
book she wants to read, she said 
she will buy it before anything 

"If the book is $10 and I have 
$15, 1 will ration the $5 that is left 
over because I can't help but buy 
books," Deason said. 

Deason said if she does not have 
enough cash to purchase a book, 
she will use her credit card, which 
is only supposed to be used for gas 

Sophomore Keith Scott said he 
keeps his finances in perfect order. 
Scott said if he is getting low on 
cash, he stops spending because 
extra expenses are always coming 

"If I spend all of my money, I 
wouldn't have any money until 
my next payday, which would 
make me have to struggle to buy 
what I need," Scott said. 

Scott said he would be willing to 
let his checking account go nega- 
tive if he were sick and needed 

"I am very careful to make sure 
that my account never goes over 
so it would have to be a big emer- 
gency such as a death in the fami- 
ly or me getting sick for me to let 
my checking account to go over," 
Scott said. He also said it costs a 
lot more to get a checking account 
back to normal than it did to use 
the money to begin with. 



Stay in style 
on a budget 

By now you have probably 
figured out that staying in fash- 
ion while away from any major 
shopping malls and daddy's 
wallet is pretty darn hard. The 
resources we have available to 
us in Natchitoches make it very 
difficult to find products and 
styles that fit our personality 
and our budget at the same 
time; however, it is not impos- 
sible to find what you are look- 
ing for in our small town. 

Scenario #1: 

You and your friends are up 
late one night and you decide 
that you have nothing to wear 
for the next day. The obvious 
place you decide to take a road 
trip to is the Natchitoches Mall 
herself, the Wal-Mart Super 
center, open 24 hours. You and 
your girlfriends or buddies 
find that there is hardly anyone 
around — which makes for 
shopping without pressure. 
Isn't it annoying when you 
have saleswomen eyeing your 
every move from the time you 
walk into the store to the time 
you walk out? 

At Wal-Mart, that doesn't 
happen — especially at mid- 
night. At "Wally-world" you 
can find cute blouses and tops 
for girls and way cool jackets 
and cargos for guys. Shoes can 
be found on the back aisles of 
the store and the racks are 
loaded with tons of stylish 
footwear for both sexes at 
extremely affordable prices. 
Your personal style can change 
from day to day with the wide 
selection of clothes, shoes and 
accessories available at Wal- 

Scenario #2: 

You are obsessed with shoes, 
just like I am, but you don't 
have what you would call a 
"normal" sized foot. If you are 
a female, I know just the place 
for you: Cato. Cato sells 
unique footwear, but even 
more importantly they retail 
shoes in large sizes. If you 
wear a size 10 or above, Cato 
might just be the place for you. 
Oh yeah— guess what? They're 
pretty reasonably priced, too! 
They also offer affordable 
clothing and really fun acces- 
sories for the gals. 

For the guys, if you are look- 
ing for something simple, com- 
fortable and LARGE you might 
try looking on the Internet. usually carries 
some really nice shoe styles for 
the guys with big feet. If you 
don't feel comfortable receiv- 
ing packages from a store with 
Big and Tall in the title, check 
out the Sears catalog store 
located on College Avenue 
right as you come into Natchi- 
toches from 1-49. You can look 
through the catalog and order 
the styles and sizes that you 
need and your package will 
arrive right at your doorstep 

Scenario #3: 

You need a wardrobe update 
but don't have the funds to 
accommodate your need. 
Check out the old store with 
the white and blue face on the 
sign — Goodwill. Surprisingly, 
Goodwill has really great 
styles. If you are into the retro 
looks, there are tons of looks 
from all fashion eras at Good- 
will. Guys can find a suit or 
even a tuxedo for a formal or a 
music performance. Girls can 
find really fun costume jewelry 
and really unique jackets, pants 
and shirts. Keep Goodwill in 
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• Try not to impulse shop. This 
means do not place off-the-wall 
purchases on the charge card. The 
way to beat this splurge is to allow 
only one "affordable" treat. This 
willpower keeps debt down and 
prevents the need to keep track of 
random charges to you card. 

• Use cash when it is available. 
This means do not pull out the card 
to purchase bubble-gum at Wal- 
Mart and then again later to get 
dinner from Sonic. When a person 
does this, it is at risk of receiving a 
bill at the end of the month with 
$100 in "nothing" expenses. To 
avoid a bill like this, pay cash for 
minor expenses less than $10. By 
doing this, there will not be any 
unnecessary charges on the state- 

ment and it can save hundreds of 
dollars in interest over time. 

• Pay off the bill quickly. If a 
statement for $250 arrives and the 
minimum payment is $20, do not 
just pay the minimum balance. 
Always pay the minimum pay- 
ment plus the interest on the total 
balance. If this is not taken care of, 
the debt will just keep on increas- 

According to, 
"America's college students control 
more money than the national debt 
of some small countries. Together 
they spend more than $19 billion 
dollars a year. The average month- 
ly debt on a college student's 
charge account, according to one 
study, is more than $2,000 

(although another survey puts the 
figure at a more reasonable $584)." 

Many college students graduate 
with almost $6,000 in credit card 
debt, and to sophomore social 
work students, Erin Juneau and 
Shantell Francis, that statistic is dis 

"Debt sets you back before yoi 
can even start out in life," Juneat 
said. "Students don't realize thai 
what they spend money on no\< 
might hurt them later." 

"Debt doesn't only affect you, \ 
affects your family," Francis added 
"If you can't pay your bills on time; 
your family ends up helping yon 
and that hurts them. Before yen 
can get a good start in life, you'n 
already a step behind." 

Journalism student attends minority conference 

By LaTisha May 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU journalism student Glenn 
Tillman Jr. was selected recently to 
participate in a conference for 
minority journalists in Washington, 

The UNITY 2004 conference is an 
alliance of four professional organ- 
izations for minority journalists. 
Several thousand journalists, stu- 
dents, political and corporate lead- 
ers of color attend the conference 
each year. Participants work with 
professional mentors to build a 
working newsroom and produce 
three newscasts covering confer- 
ence activities. 

Tillman learned about the 
UNITY conference from the Web 
site of the National Association of 
Black Journalists. He submitted a 
five-minute resume tape, two let- 
ters of recommendation, an official 

Glenn Tillman Jr. 

transcript and an application to 
NABJ. Out of 70 NABJ entrants, 
Tillman was chosen along with 
nine other NABJ members. 

News director of Alabama Public 
Television and NABJ UNITY TV 
lead mentor, Jon Beans selected 
Tillman because of his ability and 

positive attitude. 

"I would not have selected Gleru 
if I did not think he would repre 
sent NABJ and his school with dig 
nity and honor," Beans said. 

Tillman said he attended UNIT] 
2004 with the hopes of learning an< 
expanding his network. "Every 
body was friendly and helpful; 
felt good to be in my position," Till 
man said. 

Tillman said his studies at NSl 
and his television experience wel 
prepared him for the conference 
But, he said, it also helps to havt 

"If you have a dream, stick tt 
your dream," Tillman said. "It's nol 
what you want; it's how bad yot 
want it." 

Along with being a reporter fa 
NSU 22, Tillman has hostec 
"Demon Sports Today," a sport 
show on Channel 22 and the inter 
view show "Demon Life." 

NSU Theater Fall Schedule 

Remember to keep checking the Sauce for previews and updated information 

• Sophocles' Antigone: Oct. 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. at 
the A.A. Fredericks Outdoor Stage. 

• Lee Blessing's Two Rooms: Oct. 6 and 8 at 7:30 
p.m. in Theatre West. 

• Lee Blessing's Patient A: Oct. 7 and 9 at 7:30 
p.m. in Theatre West. 

• Mike Yionoulis' Medea and Oedipus Rex: Oct. 20- 
23 at 7:30 p.m. in A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. 

• Daniel Maclvor's Never Swim Alone and This Is a 
Play: Oct. 27-30 at 7:30 p.m. in the LOFT The- 

• Noel Coward's Hay Fever: Nov. 10-13 and 16-19 
at 7:30 p.m. in Theatre West. 

• Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things: Nov. 13-14 at 
7:30 pm in the LOFT Theatre. 

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ly by running back Shelton Samp- 
son who ran the ball for 99 yards 
on 10 carries with two touch- 
downs. Both quarterbacks for the 
Demons, Connor Morel and 
Davon Vinson, played well com- 
bining for 158 pass yards on 14 of 
21 passes. 

The Demon special teams 
seemed to be progressing well as 
kicker Josh Storrs hit two field 
goals in the game. Storrs nailed a 
kick from 24 yards out in the sec- 
ond quarter, which was NSU's 
first field goal of the 2004 season. 

Storrs also hit a 44 yard field 
goal while Demon's kicker 
Tommy Hebert's woes continued. 
Hebert missed two field goals in 
the game from 25 yards and 37 
yards out. 

"I was pleased to get field goal 
tonight," Stoker said. "Storrs 
made the field goal and he is our 
guy and hopefully he can be con- 
sistent for us. I gave Tommy a 
chance, but he couldn't make the 
field goals." 

The Demons look to continue 
their 21-game regular-season 
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combe in the second quarter Saturday. Parmley returned the interception down 
to the one-yard line, which set up a A.J. Franklin touchdown. 

vs. non-conference opponents 
dating back to 1994 this Saturday 
against the Appalachian State 
"This win most definitely gives 

us some momentum for next 
week," Demon running back 
Sampson said. "We need to put 
this game behind us and start to 
work on the next one." 

Upcoming NSU Demon home games 

Football home games 

• NSU vs. Appalachian State 
Sept. 25 @ 4 p.m. 

• NSU vs. Oklahome Panhandle 
Sept. 25 @ 4 p.m. 

Soccer home games 

• NSU vs. McNeese St. 
Oct. 1 @ 7 p.m. 

• NSU vs. Stephen F. Austin 
Oct. 3 @ 1 p.m. 

Volleyball home games 

• NSU vs. Nicholls St. 
Sept. 24 @ 7 p.m. 

• NSU vs. Southeastern 
Sept. 25 @ 3 p.m. 

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In every generation, 
something magical hap- 
pens in sports and history 
is changed. I was able to 
watch history change last 
Friday night on Sept. 17, 
2004. On this date, I 
watched the best baseball 
player ever to play, Barry 
Bonds, hit home run No. 
700 of his career. 

Only two other baseball 
players have hit 700, 
which is Hammerin' Hank 
Aaron and Babe Ruth. 
Every time I see the high- 
light of Bonds hitting that 
blast over the left field 
wall at SBC Park in San 
Francisco I get chills. 
Without Bonds, the Giants 
would not be in the play- 
off hunt. 

Bonds is simply an 
amazing hitter who has 
patience and waits for his 
pitches. He rarely strikes 
out and has more walks 
than anybody else this 
season. Bonds even broke 
his intentional walk 
record from last season. 
He is that good and 
opposing pitchers and 
teams respect him that 

I can now tell my grand- 
children that I witnessed 
history and I watched the 
best baseball player break 
record after record. I still 
get goose bumps when I 
see the highlight of Bonds 
hitting No. 600, No. 700 or 
his magical season where 
he hit 73 home runs in a 
season. This is truly amaz- 
ing, and I am glad I was 
able to see Bonds play. 

Demon football 

This weekend I wonder 
if Demon fans understand 
the magnitude of the 
upcoming game against 
Appalachian State. The 
Mountaineers are No. 17 
ranked while the Demons 
are No. 18 ranked, which 
is a huge game. 

This game features two 
division I-AA powerhous- 
es playing a game in 
Natchitoches. This game 
determines the Demons 
future. If the Demons lose, 
then they could take a 
tumble in the standings 
and might need help get- 
ting into the playoffs. 

If the Demons win, then 
this could set the tone for 
the rest of the season. This 
game looks to be a defen- 
sive battle with a few big 
plays sprinkled in, so 
Demon fans pack Turpin 
Stadium and cheer on the 
Demons. I hope the stu- 
dent section heckles the 
heck out of the Moun- 


This next topic is not 
about sports, but I need to 
tell someone about this. I 
went to vote for the 
SGA/ Homecoming elec- 
tion and was turned away. 
Why? I take an Internet 
class, so that makes me 
not a full time student. Is 
that not messed up? I paid 
$96 in student fees and I 
still cannot vote. That 
much money is not 
enough for me to vote? 

Plus, I have to pay to 
vote. The SGA, which 
does not do much, needs 
to do something with this. 
Hopefully the SGA will 
work on this. If they don't 
then how about somebody 
at fee payment speak up. 

You never know what 
will happen at a Demon 
sporting event or an SGA 
held election. 

Cheryl Thompson / the Cuhunt Sauce 
(Top) Demon running back A.J. Franklin tries to break the arm tack- 
le of a Texas Southern linebacker. Franklin finished the game with 
55 yards rushing and one touchdown. (Left) Demon running back 
Derrick Johnese gets dragged down from behind by two Tiger 
defenders. Johnese rushed for 48 yards on 13 carries. Both running 
backs helped the Demons rush for 283 yards against the Texas 
Southern defense. The Demons won the game 52-6 at home. 

Demons stuff the Tigers 

NSU faces No. 17 ranked Mountaineers Saturday 

By Patrick West 

Sports Editor 

The NSU Demons face one 
of their toughest challenges 
this weekend against the 
Appalachian State Moun- 

The game will pit two top- 
ranked teams against one 
another at Turpin Stadium 
Saturday at 4 p.m. 

The Demons are nationally 
ranked 18 in the ESPN /USA 
Today Division 1-AA, while 
the Mountaineers are ranked 
17 in the polls. 

NSU is coming off a 52-6 
rout of the Texas Southern 
Tigers while the Moun- 
taineers are coming off a 
tough win over The Citadel 

The Demons played their 
best as a team last week and 
look to continue to improve 
against Appalachian State 
this weekend. 

"We are playing better 
than we did in the previous 
two weeks," Demon head 
coach Scott Stoker said. "We 
cannot make mistakes 
against Appalachian State 
and expect to win." 

This is the third meeting 
between these two teams 
with NSU winning the last 
game in 1998. That game 

took place in the quarterfinal 
round of the I-AA playoffs 
with the Demons winning 

A key match-up in this 
game will be the two out- 
standing defenses. The Pur- 
ple Swarm Defense held the 
Tigers last week to minus 
nine yards on offense while 
the Mountaineers held The 
Citadel to 137 yards of total 

"We need to find a way to 
execute on offense, which 
will be a great task," Stoker 
said. "They have an extreme- 
ly good front four that is 
very athletic and will chal- 
lenge us." 

Both defenses will be 
tough to score on, as the Pur- 
ple Swarm is fifth nationally 
in total defense with an aver- 
age of 187 yards per game, 
while the Mountaineers 
have allowed 215 ypg. 

The Purple Swarm will 
have their hands full this 
week as they try to stop 
Mountaineer quarterback 
Richie Williams. The 185 
pound 6-foot-3-inch sopho- 
more quarterback is ranked 
sixth nationally in offense 
with a 287 ypg. Williams is 
ranked 11th with a 159.9 
pass efficiency rating and 
was named the Southern 

Conference Offensive Player 
of the Week for the second 
week in a row. 

"Their offense goes 
through their quarterback," 
Stoker said. "He does it all 
for them." 

Williams' favorite target is 
Davon Fowlkes. Fowlkes is 
ranked 11th nationally with 
8.7 receptions average per 
game, and he is fourth 
ranked with 138.7 receiving 


Offensively, the Demons 
will rely on their four run- 
ning backs, Derrick Johnese, 
Shelton Sampson, A.J. 
Franklin and Greg Skid- 

Last week, Sampson ran 
for 99 yards on 10 carries 
with two touchdowns. The 
Demons are averaging a 192 
ypg on the ground while 
totaling 352 ypg in total 
offense and scoring 29 ppg. 

Besides tough defenses 
and explosive offenses, both 
teams have dynamic 
kick/punt returners. 

NSU's kick/punt returner 
Toby Zeigler is ranked ninth 
in I-AA with a 183.7 all-pur- 
pose ypg and owns the best 
career punt return average of 
any I-AA veteran with a 14.5 

The Mountaineer's 

kick /punt returner Fowlkes 
is tenth in I-AA with a 183 
all-purpose ypg and is sec- 
ond in career punt return 

Another factor in NSU's 
favor is the Demons are 4-0- 
1 against the Southern Con- 
ference while the Moun- 
taineers are 0-4 vs. current 
Southland Conference mem- 

Appalachian State is also 
0-6 in games west of the Mis- 
sissippi River. 

Remember, students, to 
pick up your free tickets 
before the game on Saturday. 

This will allow you to get 
in the stadium faster than if 
you had to wait in line for a 
ticket. Also umbrellas are 
prohibited, so bring a pon- 
cho if it rains. 

NSU 52, TSU 6 

The Demons were firing 
on all cylinders Saturday 
night against the Texas 
Southern Tigers as NSU won 
in a blowout 52-6. 

The Demons were rolling 
on offense and defense as the 
offense racked up 441 yards 
of offense while the Purple 
Swarm held the Tigers to 
minus nine yards on offense. 

"We executed a lot better 

on the offensive side of the 
ball tonight," Demon head 
coach Scott Stoker said. "We 
have been inconsistent on 
offense the last couple of 
weeks but we looked a lot 
better tonight." 

The Purple Swarm defense 
set school and Southland 
Conference records by hold- 
ing the Tigers to negative 
yards on offense. The 
Demons also tied a Division 
I-AA record by recording 
two safeties. 

NSU blew the game wide 
open in three-touchdown 
flurry in the second quarter. 
The first touchdown came 
on an eight-yard run by 
Demon running back Der- 
rick Johnese to put the 
Demons up 21-6. 

On the ensuing drive, 
middle linebacker Brad 
Parmley picked off a pass to 
set up the Demons on the 
one-yard line. NSU running 
back would then punch it in 
for the touchdown. 

On the Tigers next offen- 
sive series, Demon defensive 
lineman Carlos Stephons 
caused a fumble, which line- 
backer T.J. McMillan 
scooped up and ran to the 
end zone. 

That score sealed the win 
for the Demons as NSU was 
See Stuffed, page 7 

NSU legend Joe Delaney honored 

Sports Information 

Haughton native and leg- 
endary two-sport NSU Ail- 
American Joe Delaney will 
be posthumously honored 
Sunday at halftime of the 
Kansas City Chiefs-Hous- 
ton Texans NFL game when 
his name is added to the 
fagade of Arrowhead Stadi- 
um on Hall of Fame Week- 

In ceremonies last March, 
Delaney officially became 
the 34th member of the 
Chiefs Hall of Fame. A 
standout running back for 
the Chiefs in 1981-82, 
Delaney drowned on June 
29, 1983 while trying to save 
the lives of three children in 

His wife, Carolyn, and 
other family members will 
participate in Sunday's cer- 
emonies. Also on hand will 
be his college coach at 
Northwestern, A.L. 
Williams, and former 
Demon teammate Jack Brit- 
tain Jr. 

Delaney already is 
enshrined in the College 
Football Hall of Fame, the 
Louisiana Sports Hall of 

Fame and the Graduate N 
Club Hall of Fame at North- 
western State. 

The Demon football 
team's permanent team cap- 
tains as voted by the play- 
ers each year receive the Joe 
Delaney Leadership 

The Demons' spring foot- 
ball game is called the 
Delaney Bowl, and an 
annual spring celebrity golf 
event, the Joe Delaney 
Memorial, generates funds 
for athletic scholarships. 

He is immortalized with a 
permanent shrine under- 
neath the west side grand- 
stand at NSU's Turpin Sta- 
dium and his retired No. 44 
Demon jersey hangs on the 
wall in the NSU football 

A group of Chiefs fans 
three years ago formed "The 
37 Forever Foundation" to 
provide water safety infor- 
mation and swimming pro- 
grams to underprivileged 
youths in memory of 
Delaney, who wore jersey 
No. 37 for Kansas City. 

The group, whose web- 
site is 
on the internet, is "dedicat- 
ed to the lasting recognition 
of a true sports hero who 

selflessly gave his life in an 
attempt to save three chil- 
dren," one who survived. 

The 37 Forever Founda- 
tion will hold its annual 
dinner at Arrowhead Stadi- 
um on Monday night, with 
proceeds to help benefit the 
American Red Cross Learn 
to Swim Program. 

In Maryland, the 
"Delaney Athletic Confer- 
ence" took its name to 
honor his memory in the 
fall of 1983, and today 13 
north Virginia high schools 
comprise the DAC. 

Delaney burst onto the 
NFL scene as the AFC 
Rookie of the Year in 1981 
when he earned a trip to the 
Pro Bowl and earned Chiefs 
MVP honors after establish- 
ing then-franchise records 
with 1,121 rushing yards 
and seven 100-yard rushing 

Delaney (5-10, 184) 
appeared in 23 games (17 
starts) in two seasons with 
Kansas City after entering 
the NFL as the Chiefs' sec- 
ond-round pick in the 1981 
NFL Draft. 

In his too-brief pro career, 
which covered the entire 
1981 season and the strike- 
shortened 1982 campaign, 

Delaney rushed for 1,501 
yards on 329 carries (4.6 
avg.) with three TDs. He 
also caught 33 passes for 
299 yards (9.1 avg.). 

Delaney's legs helped 
propel the '81 Chiefs to a 9- 
7 record, the club's first 
winning season since 1973. 

After coming off the 
bench to record 101 rushing 
yards in his initial NFL 
action at New England, he 
ran for 106 yards and regis- 
tered 104 receiving yards in 
his first pro start against 

His 193-yard rushing per- 
formance vs. Houston on 
Nov. 15, 1981, remains the 
third-highest single-game 
rushing output in franchise 

The outburst by Delaney 
led Oilers Hall of Fame end 
Elvin Bethea to say after the 
game: "I've played against 
the best - O.J. Simpson, Gale 
Sayers, Walter Payton and 
(Delaney) ranks right up 
there with them. He is great 
with a capital G." 

During a brilliant four- 
year career at Northwestern 
State, Delaney rushed for a 
school-record 3,047 yards 
on 615 carries (5.0 avg.) 
with 27 TDs and twice 

earned NCAA Division I- 
AA All-America honors. 

A standout track per- 
former, Delaney also earned 
All-America status after set- 
ting school records in the 
100 and 200-meter events 
and was a member of the 
400-meter relay team which 
won the NCAA title in 1981. 
He still holds the Demons' 
200 meter dash school 
record, 23 years later. 

Delaney was born on 
October 30, 1958 in Hender- 
son, Texas and was buried 
on July 4, 1983 in 

He was posthumously 
awarded the Presidential 
Citizen's Medal by Ronald 
Reagan on July 13, 1983 and 
received the NCAA Award 
of Valor in 1984. Vice Presi- 
dent George H. Bush pre- 
sented the presidential cita- 
tion to the Delaney family. 

The 20th anniversary of 
his heroic death last sum- 
mer produced a sea of 
national media attention, 
including features that 
appeared on ESPN and in 
national publications such 
as Sports Illustrated and 
The Sporting News. 

This Just In 

Sports Information Bureau I 


Students need 
to pick up free 

Northwestern State stu 
dents who have not already 
picked up their free football 
season tickets have through 
Friday afternoon to claim 
them at the NSU Ticket 
Office in the Athletic Field- 
house at the south end of 
Turpin Stadium. 

The NSU ticket office is 
open in the athletic field- 
house from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

With an unprecedented 
number of NSU students 
already having claimed 
their football season tickets, 
availability for student tick- 
ets is dwindling. Student 
season tickets guarantee 
seating in the east side 
stands housing the festive 
student section at Turpin 

The NSU ticket office wiD 
be handing out NSU stu- 
dent season tickets through 
this week. After Friday, stu- 
dents will have to get rickets 
for the football games on a 
game-by-game basis. 

Students still can use 
their current NSU ID cards 
at the stadium on game day 
to obtain a single-game tick- 
et for admission to tra 
home games. However, 
there may be a line for shi 
dents using ID cards, result- 
ing in a delay in entrance to 
the stadium. 

NSU beats ULM 
3-1 in SLC play 

Northwestern State 
brought Louisiana-Monroe 
back down to earth on Tues- 
day night with a 3-1 wJ 
over the Lady Indians to 
open Southland Conference 
soccer play. 

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entered the game riding a 
school record five-game 
winning streak to go along 
with a school record five 
consecutive shutouts but it 
was the play of one sopho- 
more and three freshmen 
Demon players thai 
knocked ULM off theii 

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Hebert, combined with < 
goal from sophomore Julii 
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travel to take on Texas Stal 
in San Marcos at 7 p.m. 

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beginning around 11 a.m. 

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Saturday during NSU's football game against 
Appalachian State, six vehicles were vandalized and 

Detective Doug Prescott of the NSU police said the 
only thing stolen was money. 

All other items that are usually the targets for rob- 
beries were left undisturbed, many of which were in 
plain sight, Prescott said. 

The campus police are currently investigating the rob- 

"Please take stuff out of the passenger compartments 
of vehicles," Prescott said. 

Prescott also advises students to lock any valuable 
items in the trunk or place them out of sight. 

Lora Sheppard 

"Antigone" to run Saturday and 
Sunday in outdoor setting 

The NSU theatre department's first production of the 
semester, "Antigone," will run Saturday and Sunday at 
7 pm. 

Senior theatre major Tabatha Roy will direct the 
show, which is Sophocles' sequel to his play "Oedipus 

"I've directed one act, but this is my first time direct- 
ing a full show," Roy said. "I really wanted to do a 
Greek tragedy outside. I just knew I wanted something 
with a strong female lead, and "Antigone" is a really 
good one for that." 

Roy said the play will take place on the rarely-used 
A.A. Fredericks Outdoor Stage, which is actually the 
Greek stage. 

"I wanted to do it right, she said. "There is no set; 
Greek plays didn't really have sets. The costumes and 
everything are very traditional." 

Roy said she has also taken a minimalist approach to 
the lighting design. 

"We're going to put torches up around the stage to do 
shadow lighting," she said. "We're going to have some 
lights but it's only enough to where everyone can be 
seen. It's just very simple." 

Roy said Mary Watson will play the lead role of 
mtshot tin Antigone, a woman who defies her king in an attempt 
in the con to honor her dead brother. 

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On Oct. 7 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., students in the NSU 
theater department will present "Patient A" by Lee 
Blessings in Theatre West. 

The play is about three characters who come back to 
life and talk about the final moments of their lives. 

'ent will bj Matthew and Kim, two of the characters, both died of 
AIDS. Matthew was a homosexual male who contracted 
the disease, presumably, through sexual activity, while 
helps rati Kj m contracted the virus through a routine dental oper- 
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6 and 8 at 7:30 pm in Theatre West. 

Dorothea Wilson 

Detectives in the making: 

New forensic entomology class gives students hands-on 
experience studying insects on rotting pig corpses 

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Jessica Cox, a forensic entomology class member, collects insects from around the site of a decompos- 
ing pig the class placed in the Grady Erwin History Reserve on Sept. 13. 

By Kyle Shirley 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU students have a 
chance to learn about crime 
scene investigation from 
some surprising teachers: 
insects and rotting pigs. 

Fifteen students are 
enrolled in a new course 
called forensic entomology. 
The class deals with the use 
of insects in legal investiga- 
tions and focuses on teaching 
students how to obtain infor- 
mation on dead bodies by 

studying the insects on and 
around them, associate pro- 
fessor and biology depart- 
ment head Michael Bodri 

Bodri, who teaches the 
course, said it was his idea to 

■ See Entomology, pg. 3 


One student dead, another hospitalized; 
police continue to investigate incident 

Two NSU students were 
the victims of a shooting that 
left one dead and the other 
wounded Friday morning. 

At 2 a.m., Roger Lockhart, 
18, accounting major from 
New Orleans, drove himself 
to the Natchitoches Parish 
Hospital with a gunshot 
wound in his back as docu- 
mented in a press release 
from the city of Natchitoches 
Mayor's Office. 

Upon arriving at the hos- 
pital, Lockhart informed the 
medics that his roommate 
was still at their apartment. 

Officials from the Natchi- 
toches Police Department 
arrived at the students' 
apartment in the White 
Columns Apartment com- 

They found Gregory 
Franklin, 19, sophomore 
industrial engineering tech- 

nology major from New 
Orleans, dead from a gun- 
shot wound. 

Upon investigation, the 
police did not find any signs 
of forced entry into the 
apartment, Hornsby said. 

The Natchitoches Police 
Department also invited 
members of the crime lab 
unit in Shreveport and mem- 
bers of the Rapides Parish 
Sheriff's Office crime scene 
unit to aid in the investiga- 
tion of this crime as docu- 
mented by a press release 
from Hornsby. 

At press time, the police 
had no leads into the cause 
of the shootings or any sus- 
pects. Natchitoches Police 
Chief Keith Thompson has 
asked for anyone with any 
information on the shooting 
to call the police department 
at 352-8101. 

Week of activities to 
raise awareness of 
sexual assault risks 

By Kyle Shirley 

Sauce Reporter 

Combating sexual assault 
is a new part of the Student 
Safety Committee's project 
Mission: Demon Safety. 
Related courses and activi- 
ties will be open to students. 

NSU counselor and chair- 
woman of the committee 
Leah Lentz said Sexual 
Assault Awareness Week 
will take place Monday 
through Friday. 

The "purple ribbon cam- 
paign" starts Monday. Stu- 
dents across campus will 
hand out purple ribbons, 
which are often used to rep- 
resent sexual assault, Lentz 

On Tuesday, the theater 
production "Drawing the 
Shades" will run at 4 p.m., 6 
p.m. and 8 p.m. in the LOFT 

"This is a multimedia 
event where theater students 
are performing monologues 
that originally came from 
interviews of other students 
at universities throughout 
the nation," Lentz said. 

The production will 
include a slide show of statis- 
tics and information about 
sexual assaults on college 

Senior theater major Dal- 
las Bird is a member of the 
four-person cast performing 
the monologues. Bird said he 
was attracted to the show 

■ See Assault, page 3 

Surveillance cameras installed on campus 

By Savanna Mahaffey 

Sauce Reporter 

Surveillance cameras were 
installed at Turpin Stadium, 
Rapides Hall and Sabine Hall 
two months ago. 

Fourteen cameras were 
installed around Sabine Hall 
in high-volume areas such as 
the lobby, parking lot and 
between wings. Sabine Hall 
was chosen as a site for the 
surveillance cameras because 
it is highly populated. 

A high-definition rotating 
camera is positioned at the 
top of Turpin Stadium. The 
camera allows University 
police to view nearly every 
inch on campus. The cameras 
record at all times, and tapes 
are viewed by campus police 
when necessary. 

The camera at Turpin Stadi- 
um allows campus police to 

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Here is an arial view of Dodd Hall (front left), the Student Union (right), Kyser Hall, and the Family and 
Consumer Sciences building.This view from the upper deck of Turpin stadium is similar to one of many 
angles the new security camera is capable of recording. 

zoom in on something as itary Science building. It also 
small as a license plate in covers Rapides Hall, Caddo 
front of the James A. Noe Mil- Hall, Greek Hill, Sibley Lake, 

Columns Apartments, tennis 
courts and the baseball field 
among others. 

University police chief 
Rickie Williams said the cam- 
eras were not installed at 
Turpin Stadium specifically 
for football games but 
because it is a high point on 
campus. The cameras can 
watch a larger area if they are 

"There really isn't a lot of 
crime at football games 
except for an occasional 
fight," Williams said. "If there 
is a fight, we can zoom in and 
recognize the involved par- 

If people can be identified, 
Williams said they will be 
brought in for questioning, 
and the proper procedures 
will take place. 

Williams said if certain 
areas on campus become fre- 
quently hazardous, the cam- 
eras come in handy. 

■ See Cameras, pg. 3 

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Over 700 turn out for elections 

Mr. and Miss NSU runoff continues today until 4:30 p.m. 

By Darren Lewis 

Sauce Reporter 

During the past months leading 
up to the presidential election, the 
importance of young voters, who 
could play a vital role in determin- 
ing the next leader of the United 
States, has been emphasized. 

Voting in the SGA and Home- 
coming Court elections on Oct. 22 
and 23 served as practice for stu- 
dents who will be voting in the 
November election. 

Y'esha Jackson, a senior Home- 
coming Court nominee, said, "Stu- 
dents need to use their right to 
vote, especially this year with 
another presidential election that 
will be close." 

More than 700 students voted in 
the elections to determine new 
class senators and members of the 
homecoming court, including Mr. 
and Miss NSU. The numbers 

showed an increase in student vot- 
ing. Speaker of the Senate Alan 
Sypert said there was a good voter 
turnout this fall. 

To get more students involved in 
the elections, SGA members 
increased focus on promotions 
prior to the election. 

"We put up more fliers, promot- 
ed on the radio and emphasized 
the importance of voters," Brandon 
Bailey, SGA senator at large, said. 

A student needed to receive 
nominations from three student 
organizations to become a candi- 
date for Homecoming Court. Can- 
didates for Mr. and Miss NSU 
needed to receive four nomina- 

All sophomore, junior and senior 
class senator seats were won by 
acclamation, but the winners of the 
freshman class senator seats were 
determined by last week's election. 

Mr. and Miss NSU 
runoff candidates: 

Jamaal hill 

Chris Faist 




Laura Terrell Ashley Dunham 

• Freshman Class Senators 

elected: Nikki Booker, Ashley 
Love Smith, Carli Tidwell 

• Homecoming Queen and 
King: Ashley Dunham, Bran- 
don Cormier 

Math software to improve student success 

By Derrick Doyle 

Sauce Reporter 

The department of mathematics 
is focusing on improving the reten- 
tion and success of students in 
developmental math courses this 
semester by providing math soft- 
ware designed to improve their 

The instructional software used 
primarily in Math 920 and 1021 
classes is part of a comprehensive 
strategy that Noel-Levitz, a nation- 
al academic consultant group, rec- 
ommended to keep struggling 
math students in classes. 

Kathy Autrey, assistant mathe- 
matics professor and developmen- 
tal math coordinator, explained 
that the software is a series of mod- 
ules that cover different math con- 
cepts, which includes lecture mate- 
rial, examples of how /to work 
problems and specific problem 

"The examples that come up take 
them through step-by-step and 
show them exactly what to do and 
they can choose examples that are 
progressive and more complicat- 
ed," Autrey said. 

Autrey, who also works with 
high school teachers to prepare 

their students for college place- 
ment tests, discussed the software's 
usefulness in developmental math 
courses when reviewing fractions, 
decimals, percents and other math 
issues that might not be addressed 
in class due to time restraints. 

"They can go back in and look 
through the material and work 
through the problems and build 
their confidence and ability," 
Autrey said. "Particularly, non-tra- 
ditional students who have diffi- 
culty just because they may have 
been out of school a while and also 
for some of the other students who 
just missed some of the concepts as 
they were going through their high 
school years." 

Student registered in the devel- 
opmental math courses are auto- 
matically registered into the soft- 
ware system by their NSU enroll- 
ment data. When the math stu- 
dents log on to the software, they 
have access to the content that 
matches what is going on in their 

The cost of the license to use the 
software is incorporated into the 
math student's lab fees. 

"The whole point of the software 
is to make it easier to do homework 

because sitting down doing home- 
work with pencil and paper is 
tedious and dull," said Frank Serio, 
Jr., associate professor and mathe- 
matics department head. "Most 
people find time spent working 
with the computer to be less 
tedious than pencil and paper." 

Technical problems have risen 
with the new software, but Serio 
has received positive remarks from 
students about the software and he 
is sure the occurring technical 
problems are only temporary. 

"I have only spoken to a couple 
of students and they seem to like it 
well enough," Serio said. "Mostly 
we are having some technical diffi- 
culties, but that's pretty typical for 
a new piece of software." 

However, some math students 
are already reaping the benefits of 
the instructional software. 

"I'll use it because it helps me out 
100 percent of the time," said Colby 
Bizette, a freshman business major 
enrolled in the Math 1021 course. 

"It allows you to do more work 
at home and at school," Colby said. 
"It helps me when I can't get in 
touch with my teachers, I can go on 
the Internet and when I'm doing 
something wrong, it points it out." 

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The 128E elevator in Kyser Hall 
is out of order this week. The door 
is partially pried open and deco- 
rated with bright yellow tape that 
warns, "Caution: Do Not Enter," 
as if one would attempt to enter 
the twisted doors and step on the 
upraised floor. 

Detective Doug Prescott said 
that a malfunction occurred, trap- 
ping one female on the elevator. 
The Natchitoches Fire Department 
was called to remove the victim 
from the elevator. The distress call 
was sent at 10:30 a.m., and the vic- 
tim was freed at 11:28. a.m. 
Prescott did not know what 
caused the malfunction. 

Randy McCormick, utilities 
supervisor at the Physical Plant 
said that the elevator worked cor- 
rectly by engaging the safety and 
stopping the door from opening, 
preventing any tragedy from hap- 
pening. McCormick said the ele- 
vator's age is likely to be the cause 
of its malfunction. He said the ele- 
vator is so old that the manufac- 
turer is no longer in business. 

"The elevator like much of the 
facilities here need to be replaced, 
the men at the Physical Plant do 
the best they can to hold every- 
thing together with band-aids," 
McCormick said. 

He said if the Physical Plant is 
unable to find a replacement for 
the elevator, a new one be fabri- 

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j the damaged elevator in Kyser Hall that was placed out of order last 
week. A woman was trapped in this elevator for nearly an hour before she was 
rescued by police. 

NSU Police Blotter 

10:29 a.m. 

There was a wreck reported at 
the Columns and both vehicles 
were moderately damaged. 

7:52 p.m. 

Two men were thought to be 
stuck in the Kyser Hall elevator, 
but they just couldn't get the door 
to close. 
9:28 p.m. 

Five men ran from an officer. It 
was a possible drug use. The offi- 
cer could smell it and requested 


12:01 a.m. 
The fire alarm went off at 
Dodd. The members of the fire 
department were en route. 

2:07 a.m. 

A call was received concerning 
a hit and run in front of Rapides 
involving a motorcycle. 

3:04 a.m. 

A woman from the Columns 
called to report that another 
woman had knocked out the win- 
dow to her apartment and was on 
the front porch refusing to leave. 
At 4:26 a.m. the same woman 
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Damage to the entry gate of the 
Columns was reported. 
12:03 p.m. 

The fire alarm at Rapides went 
off, and members of the fire 
department were en route. 

1:22 p.m. 
There was a medical emer- 
gency in Kyser. An officer was en 
route with the nurse, and employ- 
ees from the Natchitoches Parish 
Hospital were also en route. 

6:47 p.m. 

There was a fight at South Jef- 
10:55 p.m. 
The Sabine area coordinator 
called to report two men trying to 
get into the building after hours. 
12:21 a.m. 

A CA from the Columns called 
because a pitt bull was running 
loose in the area. 

5:06 p.m. 

A male student requested to 
speak with an officer after anoth- 
er student walked up to him and 
slapped his cigarette out of his 
mouth. The two exchanged 
words, and they were advised 
that they would be brought to the 
station if they had to be dealt with 
5:28 p.m. 

A student called because the 
license plate on his motorcycle 
had been ripped off. 
9:22 p.m. 

A resident of Rapides called to 
report drug use on the south 


5:40 p.m. 

There was a report about a man 
in a white Chevrolet in front of 
Sabine harassing females. 

7:15 p.m. 

There was a possible car break- 
in. What appeared to be residue; 
from a brick or hard object was, 
found on the right rear passenger 
door where entry had been 
attempted. A window was 1 


12:07 a.m. 

An officer spoke with a student 
who said he was taking pictures 
of the moon through the trees 
when he was facing Caddo Hall. 
He was advised to go back to his 

9:58 a.m. 
The Rapides fire went off. 
Members of the fire department 
were en route. It was a result of 
burned popcorn on 4th East. 

12:13 p.m. 

A call was received in reference 
to a blue Toyota at Rapides with 
slashed tires and its alarm going 


3:52 p.m. 

There was a call from Watson 
Library in reference to a man 
harassing a woman on the second 
7:06 p.m. 

Someone from Sabine called to 
report a woman who kept passing 
out. Paramedics were en route. 

10:12 p.m. 

There was a report of a possible 
suicidal student. 

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"For example, if we have a 
foblem with break-ins at the 
lossier Hall parking lot, we can 
atch or record that area," said 

Williams said that the purpose 
the cameras is not for campus 
lice to spy on people but to be 
d as a tool to keep students 
id faculty safe by gathering evi- 
|ence and keeping an eye on 
fcjestionable areas 
"Cameras are always benefi- 
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he is cut just by people knowing 
t cameras are there. It's a psy- 
©logical effect. Plus, when 
've got someone on tape, it's 
d for them to deny what 
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Williams said the probability of 
ding more surveillance cameras 
the campus is high, but the loca- 
pons of those cameras have not 
let been determined. 

NSU holds science symposium 

Courtesy NSU News Bureau 

A collection of world-renowned 
scientific leaders will assemble at 
Northwestern State University for 
an symposium on interdisciplinary 
science Oct. 6-8. The International 
Symposium on Interdisciplinary 
Science (ISIS) will host the most 
elite collection of interdisciplinary 
scientists ever to assemble in north 

The 40 plenary speakers are all 
discipline-leading researchers 
from the fields of physics, biology, 
chemistry, and mathematics. 
Among the distinguished speaker 
list are a Nobel Laureate in 
physics, the directors from several 
international research institutes, 
premier scientists from six differ- 
ent countries, and 14 faculty from 
Louisiana academe. 

The conference also boasts the 
first regional demonstration of a 
new microscope technology creat- 
ed by Richardson Technologies, 
Inc., a Canadian microscope engi- 
neering company. 

The group is assembling to pres- 
ent primary research in the context 
of interdisciplinary science, which 
is an emerging world-wide scien- 
tific trend. All major funding agen- 
cies and research corporations are 
facilitating interdisciplinary 
research in hopes of combining 
unique scientific perspectives to 
overcome the current limitations 
facing each individual discipline. 

"An event of this stature is a 
major boost for research and tech- 
nology-based economics in this 
region," said Dr. Nathan Hutch- 
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at NSU and co-director of the sym- 
posium. "The conference will have 
a positive impact on academia, 
economic development, and work- 
force training in this region by pro- 
moting new interdisciplinary 
research collaborations, exhibiting 
the latest advancements in micro- 
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On Wednesday the committee 
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Lentz said the program will be 
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hold this new class. 

"It was part of our approach to 
trying to change the medical tech- 
nology program to bring in more 
students," Bodri said. "Our idea 
was to incorporate forensics as a 
component into it. We have more 
and more students that are interest- 
ed in doing crime scene investiga- 

Bodri said the class consists of 
three lectures and one lab session 
each week. The lab involves the 
study of pig carcasses in the woods 
of the Grady Erwin History 
Reserve near NSU. 

Bodri said the class started with 
two dead pigs. 

"One is completely gone at this 
point, while the other one is still in 
a state of decay," Bodri said. "We 
go out at the beginning of every 
(lab) class to observe and collect 

Monday, Bodri asked his class to 
stand several feet away from the 
carcass and remain silent, so that 
any insects or predators that may 
have been feeding on the corpse 
wouldn't be driven from the area. 

He then asked the students to 
discuss what changes had occurred 
since their last visit a week before. 
One student, Robert Lockwood, 
noticed that part of the skeleton 
had changed. 

"The jaw's been removed; I 
know the flies didn't do that," 
Lockwood said. 

Obviously, a strong stomach is a 
prerequisite for this course. Med- 
ical technology major Tiffany 
Doucette said dealing with the 
insects living in a decaying pig is 
"not as nasty as you think it is. 
More than you're disgusted, you're 
amazed. It's interesting more than 
it's nasty." 

Bodri said forensic entomology 
is useful in investigating a crime 
scene involving a dead body for 
two main reasons. 

"The primary reason is to try to 
determine post-mortem interval," 
Bodri said. "How long has this 
person been dead? 

"The second thing is location. In 
some instances you can prove that 
a body was moved, and you might 
even be able to tell where it was 
moved from, depending on what 
types of insects are on it. An ento- 
mologist is an expert witness if 

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Michael Bodri (right) examines a decomposing pig carcass with members of his 
class Monday. The class observes and collects the insects around the carcass. 

"Obviously, if one of your 
relatives was in a home and you 
went to visit them and they had 
maggots crawling around on 
them, you should, and I think 
you probably would, sue." 

Michael Bodri 

they go to court. They basically 
present the scientific evidence." 

Although the class concentrates 
on forensic entomology as it 
applies to crime scenes, Bodri said 
the students are learning other 
applications of the science as well. 
He outlined three aspects of it. 

First, urban entomology deals 
with insects associated with 
humans and their habitats. This 
area is useful in investigating law- 
suits involving factors such as ter- 
mite infestation. 

The second asj. set, he said, is 
"stored-products pests like flour 
beetles in your flour." Experts in 
this field are often used in food- 
contamination lawsuits. 

Bodri said: "Then there's the 
medical criminal entomology, 
which is the insects that are typical- 
ly associated with dead bodies, or 
live bodies, too. We deal with all 
three aspects, but the bulk of the 

course is on medical criminal ento- 
mology. Most people associate 
forensic entomology with looking 
at insects on dead bodies. But it's 
not just that." 

According to forensicentomolo-, the science can also be use- 
ful in investigating cases of abuse 
in children and neglect of the elder- 
ly. The Web site cites cases of par- 
ents intentionally using wasps and 
bees to sting their children as a 
form of punishment. 

Bodri said: "People who live in 
old folks' homes, if they're not get- 
ting the proper standard of care, 
they can get infestation of their tis- 
sues with fly larvae. Obviously, if 
one of your relatives was in a home 
and you went to visit them and 
they had maggots crawling around 
on them, you should, and I think 
you probably would, sue." 

In a case such as this, an ento- 
mologist would have to prove that 
the infestation was indeed due to 
neglect on the part of the nursing 
home, Bodri said. 

And when it comes to corpses, 
forensic entomologists are not lim- 
ited to examining humans. 

"Poaching is a huge problem," 
he said "If you think someone 
poached a bear, you can use insects 
to determine time of death on that 
bear, and you may be able to place 
somebody at the crime scene." 

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Bush 's hypocrisy 

By J. Aaron 
"Q" Brown 

Bush and company have 
bashed Kerry over his inability to 
pick one side of an issue, magni- 
fying the fact that he voted for the 
war with Iraq but against fund- 
ing it. 

Poor Kerry is stuck with the 
politician's nightmare: trying to 
prove that he doesn't change his 
stance in response to voter opin- 
ion. So this week I'm turning the 
floodlight of Mr. Bush's own 
accusations back on him to show 
how his administration has not 
needed to flip-flop; the gulf 
between his words and actions 
widens every day as stated poli- 
cies give way to partisan goals. 

I speak, of course, of North 
Korea, the country the Bush 
administration wishes would 
stop screaming. Through three 
years of outlining and rabidly 
defending a policy of preemptive 
counter-terrorism, the adminis- 
tration has gone so far as to 
defend the invasion of Iraq on the 
grounds that Iraqi scientists knew 
how to build a nuke and could 
have passed on the information 
to terrorists. The Bush regime has 
quietly and persistently ignored 
the nuclear development of 
North Korea. This rogue nation, 
which Bush included in the so- 
called "axis of evil," now has the 
capability and the materials (in 
addition to simply the knowl- 
edge, which is available in the Q 
section of Watson Library) to con- 
struct nuclear weapons. At the 
time we went to war with Iraq, 

North Korean ambassadors had 
actually admitted to the assistant 
secretary of state that they had a 
uranium-enrichment program 
capable of producing six nukes in 
six months, and National Intelli- 
gence Estimate said that "Iraq 
probably would not be able to 
make a weapon until 2007 to 

So why did we bomb Baghdad 
instead of Pyongyang? That's the 
fun part, boys and girls! You see, 
North Korea told us of the urani- 
um-enrichment program on 
October 4, 2002, about a week 
before Congress voted on the Iraq 
resolution. The Democrats 
weren't given this particular 
piece of intelligence , though, 
until October 17, far too late to 
change any votes for war. Even 
the head of the Senate Foreign 
Relations Committee, who 
should certainly know about 
such activity immediately, 
learned of the news only two 
hours before the press did. 

In this context, John Kerry's 
later vote on funding is even 
vaguely defensible, though still 
politically stupid. Watch the 
debates tonight. They'll be pre- 
digested, well-rehearsed, polite- 
ly-mediated question-and-BS ses- 
sions, but watch anyway, and 
remember: your government lies 
to you, America, and they play 
politics with the truth. 

Love me or hate me? I talk to 
everyone. Tell me all about it at 

J. Aaron Brown is a Louisiana 
Scholars' College student. His 
column appears weekly on the 
editorial page. His opinions do 
not necessarily reflect the opin- 
ions of the Sauce staff or of the 

Cleaning bathrooms opens sinuses 

By Savanna 
Ma naff ey 

I am a typical germophobe. I 
hate public restrooms, carry hand 
sanitrzer in my bag and flush the 
toilet with my foot. My suitemates 
and I rotate out cleaning our bath- 
room, and it was my turn this past 

I like to clean because it relieves 
stress. However, I don't like the 
idea that I could potentially come 
into contact with someone else's 
bodily fluids even though all of 
my suitemates are very clean. 

So I slid my hands into some 
rubber gloves and sprayed every- 
thing with disinfectant spray. 
Then, I mopped. Newsflash: mop- 
ping first does not work because 
your shoes track dirt. 

Next, I started on the shower 
and toilet. I didn't realize it at the 
time, but I used way too much 
bleach. My roommate said she 
could smell it all the way down 
the third-floor hall. 

I took a shower later that night 
and got sick because the steam 
contained bleach, and it opened 
up my sinuses. I know I sneezed 
25 times in a row, and I had to 
blow my nose every five seconds. 
When I woke up the next morn- 
ing, it looked like I was gift 
wrapped in tissue paper because 
all of my used tissues were still in 
bed with me. 

That is not a good situation for a 
germophobe. Still, I had to go to 

class even though I just did not 
feel like getting ready. 

Since college, I had never taken 
advantage of being allowed to 
wear pajama pants to class. I 
decided to try it out by wearing 
my green cotton Dr. Seuss pajama 
bottoms all day, and it was fantas- 
tic. Ironically, people even told me 
that I was cute, which is not some- 
thing I hear on a regular basis. 

I had to wear uniforms in high 
school, and it was awful. I have 
been dressing comfortably since I 
graduated. There is no way I am 
going to walk around campus in 
high heels or a dress. 

Sometimes jeans are even too 
uncomfortable. I hate the way blue 
jeans are made for girls. Even 
though some girls might enjoy it, I 
do not want to look like I airbrush 
my jeans onto my legs. 

For the most part, I am very low 
maintenance. I shower, brush my 
hair and teeth, throw on some- 
thing comfortable and head out 
the door. It takes me about 30 min- 
utes. People take a double take 
when I actually take the time to fix 
my hair and put on makeup 
because it is such a rare occur- 


It is actually pretty cool being 
able to go from one extreme to the 
other. It is like I have an alter-ego. 
It is just too bad one of me cannot 
stay in my bed asleep while the 
other goes to algebra at 8 a.m. 

Savanna Mahaffey is a fresh- 
man journalism major. Her opin- 
ions do not necessarily reflect the 
opinions of the Sauce staff or of 
the University. 


Presidential debate: "scripted beauty contest"? 

By Justin Shatwell 

The two major candidates for the 
presidency of the United States will 
meet tonight for the first of 3 
debates, or at least that is what we 
are told. Upon closer inspection of 
the rules, one discovers that the 
event scheduled for this evening is 
more of a candidate showcase than 
anything resembling a debate. 

The lackluster quality of the 
event this evening is not surpris- 
ing. Presidential debates in the 
past haven't exactly been the kind 
of rhetorical showdown that one 
would expect in a competition for 
the most powerful position in the 
world. However, this year's 
debates have reached a new level 
of ridiculousness that is nothing 
less than a slap in the face to that 
ever shrinking portion of the 
American people that actually care 
about the issues. 

The rules governing this 
evening's festivities (which were 

negotiated and agreed upon by 
both candidates) ban the two men 
from addressing each other. They 
are not allowed to ask each other 
questions or call on the other to 
make any kind of pledge or com- 
mitment. In fact, they are not even 
allowed to appear on camera at the 
same time. The two candidates 
will have so little interaction this 
evening that it will be difficult to 
tell that they are even in the same 

Although this format is repug- 
nant, it makes perfect sense politi- 
cally. Generally, people are not 
interested in who is more intelli- 
gent or a quicker thinker. They do 
not care about the candidates' wit 
or ideas. Rather, people judge the 
winner of the debate based on who 
looks more "presidential." As 
proof, just think of the great debate 
mistakes of American history: Al 
Gore's visible sigh, which made 
him look snotty; George Bush Sr. 
checking his watch, which made 
him look disinterested; and 

Richard Nixon not wearing make- 
up, which made him look like a 
zombie. Political analysts have 
sighted these instances as major 
mistakes that helped solidify their 
opponents' victories, not because it 
betrayed some inadequacy of that 
candidates plan for leading the 
country, but because it contradicted 
the pristine wax image Americans 
hold of what a president should be. 

The aim of the event this evening 
is not to prove who is a better 
leader, but to give each candidate 
the chance to look as presidential 
as possible. The rules have been 
tailored to create this effect. Each 
candidate will only be on screen 
when he is speaking, removing the 
chance of stray sighs or gestures 
being caught on film. The candi- 
dates will not be shown standing 
together, a major concern for the 
Bush camp since the taller candi- 
date has won every election but 
one in the TV age. There are even 
rules ensuring that each candidate 
will have access to the make-up 

ir Ta 

Student complains about 
police apathy 

Dear Editor: 

I am writing in concern to the 
recent robberies in the parking lot 
behind the Creative and Perform- 
ing Arts building. For those who 
are not informed, there were 
many cars that were broken into 
during the football game this 

I, a performing arts student, 
was in shock when I heard from 
my fraternity brothers and friends 
that car windows were broke, 
wallets were stolen, and stereo 
systems were taken. The victims 
of these crimes were immediately 
told to contact the authorities and 
explain their situation. All the 
police that did show up only 
asked general questions and real- 
ly did not assess the victims with 
concern and sympathy. They 
acted like it was nothing - and 

As for an investigation, the 
police notified the victims that 
they could not do an extensive 
search for the criminals who com- 
mitted these acts because they 
"did not have the funds to pay for 
the investigation." Excuse me? 
No funds? Where the heck is the 
hard earned money of the college 
student going if our own campus 
police so quick to write out tickets 
for "improper parking" or "non- 
registered vehicles" and collect 
money for those minor offenses 
and then reluctant to perform and 
investigation for students that 
have been robbed. 

For instance, I received a ticket 
for not having my vehicle regis- 
tered (which it was, they just did 
not bather to check) and the 
police were unwilling to take any 
pains with me and my situation. 
It really upsets me that with a 
small situation like that, the police 
are willing take for themselves, 
but in a bigger one (like the rob- 
beries) they shrug their shoulders 
and act as if it does not apply to 

Aren't campus police here for 
our safety? How safe is it when 
our own police do not attempt to 
help out the student, but the stu- 
dents who make non-moving vio- 
lations are required to fork out 
money for fees (that have been 
raised, mind you) and help the 
police and the university? 

In my opinion, our campus 
security should take into mind the 
needs of the students, especially 
when an extreme situation where 
money and valuables are taken. 
This is college, and not everyone 
can afford to pay a $75.00 ticket or 
have their sound system taken. 
Isn't Northwestern's motto 
"where the students come first?" 
Doesn't look like it to me. 

David S. Steele 
Sophomore music education 

Letters to the Editor 

Student reacts to Vicnair 

On behalf of the 79% of 
Louisianans, who are backward 
homophobic rednecks, I would 
like to reply to Mr. Vicknair's let- 
ter in the September 23 edition of 
the Current Sauce. I would like to 
invite Mr. Vicknair to leave 
Louisiana if he is so unhappy 
with the moral and political 
beliefs of the fine people of this 
state. If he can't afford to leave, 
please contact me and I will give 
him a free ride to Los Angeles, 
San Francisco, New York or any 
other city where his views will be 
appreciated. I can't believe that a 
LEGE can only resort to name 
calling and stereotyping to make 
his point. Surely such an educated 
man can come up with something 
better than "redneck southern- 
ers." In short sir, "I know you are, 
but what am I?" 

I am not homophobic. I have 
several acquaintances that are gay 
(or whatever the politically correct 
term of the week is); while I do 
not agree with their lifestyle, I feel 
it is their choice - not mine. How- 
ever, I feel the concept of marriage 
has always been and should 
remain between a man and a 
woman. While I will not try to 
impose my religious beliefs on 
you, marriage is more or less a 
religious institution. All major 
religions (not just Christian reli- 
gions) have established marriages 
between men and women. I am 
not aware of any religion that 
supports the union of two men or 
two women. Why should we 
change our beliefs and practices 
to support a known minority? 

In Mr. Vicknair's letter, he 
compares the gay marriage issue 
to slavery and the equal right that 
black people fought for. To this I 
can only say, "HOW DARE 
YOU!!!" You have belittled the tri- 
als and tribulations that countless 
African Americans endured to the 
level of such a trivial cry for atten- 
tion. Please Mr. Vicknair, get a life 
and please get more value out of 
the education that mommy and 
daddy are paying for. Your com- 
parisons should offend and out- 
rage every person whose ances- 
tors have ever had to fight for the 
right to eat at a restaurant, drink 
from a water fountain, or ride on 
a bus. It offends me and I am not 
a minority. 

While I find Mr. Vicknair's let- 
ter repulsive, I believe there is a 
lot to be learned from it. The liber- 
als don't believe in democracy. 
They believe they know what is 
best for us and they are going to 
"fix" society for us whether we 
want them to or not. They try to 
impose their beliefs on us at every 
turn, from gay marriage to gun 
control; they try to tell us we are 
not smart enough to make deci- 

sions for ourselves. I say it is time 
for the conservatives to stand up 
and push back. We have shown 
that we are the majority (at least 
in the south) if we become as 
proactive as the liberals, we can 
stop the influx of liberal view- 
points and preserve our heritage 
of having at least some degree of 
common sense and moral value. 

Lastly, this ole' guntotin' knu- 
cledraggin', Bible thumppin', butt 
scratching redneck would like to 
say, I am not sorry for my beliefs 
nor the beliefs of my fellow south- 
erners. We have just as much right 
to our beliefs as anyone else. So 
Mr. Vicknair, I've got the truck 
warmed up. When is our road 

Eric Cason 
NSU Sophomore 

Student responds to 
Shatwell and Boudreaux 

I agree with Mr. Shatwell's 
argument raised two weeks ago 
that marriage is a religious institu- 
tion and, according to the separa- 
tion of church and state, the gov- 
ernment has no business making 
policy regarding religious prac- 
tices. Marriage is only defined as 
a union between man and woman 
due to religious context, a consid- 
eration that should bear no 
weight in the creation of legal pol- 
icy. According to the first amend- 
ment of the U.S. Constitution, 
"Congress shall make no law 
respecting an establishment of 
religion or prohibiting the free 
exercise thereof." The law ban- 
ning gay marriage passed several 
weekends ago was a federally 
unconstitutional act constraining 
the right to practice religion freely 
in this country. 

If you're wondering whether or 
not any religions would actually 
recognize a same sex marriage as 
valid the answer is yes, they exist. 
Yes, they already do acknowledge 
homosexual marriages as valid. 
They can also be found in this 
state. If you look really closely, 
they can even be found in this 

Of course, gays and lesbians 
will continue to marry in 
Louisiana. It is an entirely foolish 
notion to think otherwise. What- 
ever imagined threat to the sancti- 
ty of heterosexual marriage oppo- 
nents of gay marriage fear it is 
still there. It even calls itself by 
the name 'marriage.' 

Last week, Mr. Boudreaux 
admitted that he did not "want 
homosexuals engaged in long- 
term relationships to be 'mar- 
ried.'" He also said that his posi- 

artist of their choice and be si 
plied with ample facilities to be 
tify themselves for the camera. 

What will we see this even 
The best we could hope for is 
candidates better explaining the 
stances on several issues, though 
doubt it. What is more likely is " 
the moderator will lob a pi, 
dictable question over the plau „• , 
and the candidate will recite the \ i S3 
prepared remarks on that subje< ^ • ° V ' 
sticking to broad vague sound bit , y tr j, enc 
that sound impressive but expla 
little. Afterward, the press wi f , 
have experts analyze their tone < 7 CV f 
voice, word choice, and hand gej m % , r 
tures, and arbitrarily declare the " y 
party's candidate the winner. r 
So in short, if you want to watc W ' 
a heavily scripted beauty contes ' ma ^ ^ 
tune in this evening. If you actua ^ crusn ' 
ly want to learn about the issue 
that will affect the lives of million 
of Americans and countless other 
around the world, pick up a news 
paper and read it with a grain c D 631 " 
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conservative. I did not realize " e P 
that voting for big government W&V* 1 ?*! 
make policy on religious practices , 
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Returning to my point, many fi™?^ 
homosexuals are already married ro ^ shl PP 
and no amendment will change J° - 
that. Mr. Boudreaux's forthcom- ^ be a 
ing wedding will be "equated romant 
with the 'marriage' of two men or Hve Als< 
two women" whether he likes it on 8 dlsta 
or not. If that equation is a mattei E 3 " ext 
of his marriage being compared tt rV 1 " 6 ! 
a loving same-sex couple that 
cares for, depends on, and trusts 
one another, then he should be 

glad for it. All the amendment 
has done is deny a minority of 
people equal economic rights 
under the law. 
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Mr. Boudreaux's understanding oi fP ™ ul .'' 
the economic gains of marriage. 1 , 1J 
am a heterosexual uninterested in ^ 
having children. I suppose he El * eeven ] 
intends to exclude me the right to J J, 10 ^ 
leave my earthly possessions to 
my spouse should I die before het * )me T ran ' 
I am, after all, not an adequate "J Just 
breeder. Furthermore, he seems Y ou 
to forget that many homosexuals ^ ™ ust , 
not only have children but are J our bo >' t 
capable of conceiving new ones. ° n 8 0e ^ 
Artificial insemination is a viable sfa S e and 
option for lesbian couples. 

Uncharacteristically, Mr. 
Boudreaux ends his letter on a 
rather liberally optimistic note. 
He supposes that "by the time 
[his] children are making deci- 
sions, this debate will be old hat 

than you 1 
So, Stun 
that you i 
way to 
if you lie a 

and society will have moved past *° u pursi " 

are bound 
tangled m 

the small differences between a 
civil union and a marriage." It 
would almost have been a worth- * r ° n y ? 1 
while statement had it not been uptrc 
followed up by, "for now [he fcg innin £ 
does] not think homosexuals 
should be allowed to marry." 
Well, it is a wonderful thing when 
you implicate yourself in stifling 
the social progress of your own 
society. It saves the rest of us the 

The gay couples that were mar- 
ried before the amendment came 
to a vote are still married, so I 
guess Mr. Boudreaux's hope that 
the institution of marriage would 
not be changed has been reward- 
ed. (What his marriage has to do 
with anyone else's is beyond me, 
but whatever the case, marriage is 
the same). However, Mr. 
Boudreaux has prevented the gay 
elderly gentleman whose hus- 
band just died without a will from 
inheriting the possessions that his 
partner left him. Congratulations. 

Paul Jannise 
LSC Senior 

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ittraction that never saw the 
t of day because one of you 
was involved? Or did you skulk 
lehind trees just to catch a 
rlimpse of him and hide a shrine 
worshipping his hotness in the 
ack of your closet? In either 
case, be aware that people tend 
to romanticize what they do not 
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you must instantly break up with 
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stage and it is affecting your feel- 
ings for your significant other, 
than you have a problem. 

So, Stumped, if this is the point 
that you are at then there is no 
way to avoid hurting your 
boyfriend. It will hurt him more 
if you lie and stay with him while 
you pursue your crush, and you 
are bound to get caught up in a 
tangled mess. So it would be eas- 
ier on you if you are just honest 
and upfront with him from the 
beginning. You must let him 
know that you have feelings for 
someone else. The way you deal 
With this is up to the both of you. 
You may either want to take a 
break from each other for a 
While, and see other people, or 
just break it off completely. But 
before you do this, find out how 
your crush feels about you. If he 
Wants nothing to do with you, 
you may want to rethink telling 
your boyfriend. Otherwise you 
■nay ruin a great relationship for 
absolutely no reason. But keep in 
mind that if you are willing to 
break up with your boyfriend 
over this crush then you might 
not want to stay with him even if 
your crush rejects you. 

Right now, you are in college, 
and you are going to meet a ton 
of new people everyday and a lot 
of them are going to be very 
interesting and attractive. A lot of 
them will be really weird, too, 
but that is beside the point. If you 
are ready to settle down that is 
fine and it is great that you found 
Someone who really captures 
your attention. But be aware that 
this is one of the few times in 
your life that you will be virtual- 
ly surrounded by thousands of 
available guys your age, and it 
Will be tough to stay loyal. Good 
luck and write me back to let me 
know how it all works out. 



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Diets: worth the weight? 

Trendy diets take their place among NSU students 

Chris Reich/ the Current Sauce 

Three Phases of South Beach 

> Phase one: Banish your crav- 
ings - three meals a day with 
two snacks, cut out bread, rice, 
potatoes, pasta, baked goods, 
fruits and alcohol 

'Phase two: Reintroduce carbs - 
add back the foods you crave 

little by little and very gradual- 

•Phase three: A diet for life - the 
final phase lasts the rest of your 
life, eating normal foods in 
smaller portions 

Source: www.southbeachdietcom 

By Samantha Foley 

Sauce Reporter 

Low-carb. Low-fat. Quick fix. 

Katie Haynes, a registered nurse 
from a Shreveport obstetrics clinic, 
says exercise is always the key to 
staying fit, and people need to 
choose a diet that fits their 

A few popular diets among stu- 
dents are the Atkins Diet, the 
South Beach Diet and the Cabbage 
Soup Diet. states that the diet is 
a four-phase eating plan in con- 
junction with vitamin and mineral 
supplementation and regular exer- 

"My grandparents got on Atkins 
for health reasons and it was real- 
ly successful," says senior journal- 
ism major, Chelsea Smith. "They 
could eat luxurious meals that 
included steak and shrimp. It was 
not a huge change in their regular 

Some dieters cannot live with- 
out carbohydrates. Northwest- 
ern's Lady of the Bracelet, Alicia 
Schulz, says her prior experience 
with the Atkins Diet was unsuc- 
cessful. "I hated it because it made 
me dizzy and pass out," she says. 
"If 1 don't have carbs I don't have 

Another popular diet is the 
South Beach Diet, created by cardi- 
ologist Arthur Agatston. The diet 
is neither low-fat nor low-carb; it 
teaches dieters the right carbs and 
the right fats, according to south- 

Some find this diet a bit easier to 
follow than the Atkins Diet. 

The Web site cites the May 3, 
2003, article in Newsweek "It 
retains the best part of the Atkins 
regime, meat, while losing the 
tenet that all carbs should be 
avoided. Instead, Agatston 
encourages a well-balanced diet 
that includes plenty of fruit, veg- 
etables and whole grains, plus 
nuts and healthy oils. 

While the Atkins Diet and the 
South Beach diet are long-term 
weight loss plans, a quick solution 
to weight loss is the Cabbage Soup 
Diet. This low-fat, high fiber diet 
should be followed for seven days. 
After a week, dieters take a two- 
week break. 

Each day on the Cabbage Soup 
Diet, the dieter eats cabbage soup 
with other designated foods. 

According to the Web site, cab-, this diet is 
not suitable for long-term weight 
loss; it is a "kick-start" for a more 
moderate diet. 

The Web site also claims that the 
diet can help you lose up to 10 
pounds in only seven days. 

"I tried this diet in high school 
and lost weight really quickly, but 
I do not know if it was only 10 
days," Smith says. 

With so many dieting options 
available choosing the right one 
can be tricky. Schulz says she 
advises others to exercise, follow 
the food groups and watch sugar 
and fat intake. 

Haynes says she also agrees. 
"Exercise and watching what you 
eat is old-fashioned, but one of the 
best ways to lose weight and have 
you feeling better." 

Seven Days of Cabbage Soup Four Phases of Atkins 

•Day one: Eat as much fruit as 
desired, except bananas, and 
drink unsweetened teas, cranber- 
ry juice and water. 

•Day two: Eat as much vegeta- 
bles as desired, including a baked 
potato with butter at dinner. 

•Day three: Mix days one and 

•Day four: Eat up to eight 
bananas and drink as many glass- 

es of skim milk as desired. This 
day is supposed to lessen your 
cravings for sweets. 

•Day five: Eat 10 to 20 ounces of 
beef, up to six fresh tomatoes and 
drink six to eight glasses of water. 

•Day six: Eat as much beef and 
vegetables as desired. 

•Day seven: Eat brown rice, 
unsweetened fruit juices and veg- 


► Phase One: Induction - Restrict 
carbohydrate consumption to 
20 grams daily. 

•Phase two: Ongoing weight loss 
- Increase carbohydrates by five 
grams weekly until weight loss 

• Phase three: Pre-maintenance - 
Make the transition from 
weight loss to weight mainte- 

nance by increasing carbohy- 
drate intake to 10-gram incre- 
ments each week. 
Phase four: Lifetime mainte- 
nance - Select from a wide vari- 
ety of foods while controlling 
carbohydrate intake to ensure 
weight maintenance and sense 
of well-being. 


Students eat healthy on a budget 

By EmmaLee Jordan 

Sauce Reporter 

Deep fat fried, triple cheese, 
gravy-smothered, and add bacon 

Let's face the facts. It is cheap to 
eat what is bad for us. We get the 
message daily that good nutrition 
is critical for a healthy lifestyle, but 
is it really possible to have a filet 
mignon diet on a chopped beef 

Juanice Moses, nutrition educa- 
tor for the LSU Agriculture Center, 
said the answer is yes. The center 
has a detailed plan on how to man- 
age meal money. Moses said there 
are several ways to save money 
when buying healthy foods, and 
they all center around smart plan- 
ning. She said start by setting a 
food budget and planning meals 
for the week. Then make a list to 
help you remember what you need 
and keep you from buying what 
you do not. Check the newspaper 
for special buys and coupons. 
Moses said to compare unit prices 
and nutrition labels of similar 
items in the store. 

Amanda Roberts, the clinical 
dietician at the Natchitoches Parish 
Hospital, said some basic staples, 
such as beans and rice, provide 
good nutrition, and few calories 
and grams of fat. Roberts said to 
buy large pieces of produce when 
it is sold per piece and small pieces 
when sold by the pound. She also 
said people should watch sale 
papers for deals on fresh fruit and 
vegetables. Canned vegetables are 
often a good value, but Roberts 
said rinsing them under cold water 
and re-covering them with fresh 
water lowers the sodium content. 

Grain products are also inexpen- 
sive and contribute healthy fiber to 

the diet. Roberts said to buy whole 
wheat bread. She also said pasta is 
very healthy if vegetables and low- 
fat or fat-free dressing is added. 

When buying meat, Roberts said 
the best choices are chicken, tuna, 
turkey or loin portions of pork and 
beef. She said shopping in the 
evening is a good idea because 
meat markets often mark down 
prices at the end of the day. Roberts 
also said substituting Canadian 
bacon or imitation bacon bits for 
regular bacon is another good idea. 

Roberts said eating healthy can 
be more expensive, but the benefits 
outweigh the cost. She said, 

"Making healthy changes in eat- 
ing will save you money down the 
road in healthcare even it it's a dol- 
lar more expensive now," Roberts 

Lucy Dowden, junior education 
major, said she is counting calories 
and cash. Dowden said she has 
some hints when it comes to eating 
healthy on a budget. 

First, she tries not to eat out often 
because it can get expensive and 
usually is not very healthy. When 
she does eat out, Dowden said she 
chooses less expensive restaurants 
that offer low-fat choices, like Sub- 
way and Quizno's. 

Dowden said she keeps her 
apartment stocked with canned 
vegetables and fruit, cereal and 
sandwich supplies. She said 
canned produce is less expensive 
than fresh, and has almost identical 
nutritional value. 

Dowden said cereal is inexpen- 
sive and when the right choices are 
made, is low in fat, calories and 
sugar. Many cereals are also high in 
fiber. Dowden said her favorite 
cereal is Special K with red berries. 

Sandwiches can be very healthy 
when made with proper ingredi- 
ents. Dowden said she likes turkey, 

which is low in fat and high in pro- 
tein. She also said whole grain 
bread is a better choice than white 
when making sandwiches. 

When satisfying her sweet tooth, 
Dowden said a smoothie does the 

"I like nonfat yogurt, milk and 
strawberries," Dowden said. 
"They're so good and a lot better 
for you than ice cream or cookies." 

Carly Williams, senior health 
and exercise science major, said she 
is very health conscience. She said 
her kitchen is stocked with wheat 
pasta, fruit and frozen vegetables. 

When at a fast food restaurant, 
Williams said she opts for a salad 
or grilled chicken sandwich. She 
said food is not the only thing to 
consider when trying to stay 
healthy. Williams said exercise 
plays a vital role in a healthy 

"I exercise a considerable 
amount. I ride my bike, take 
weight-training class and aerobics 
class, use hand weights, walk the 
track and play IM sports," 
Williams said. 

Chris Reich/ the Current Sauce 

She said exercise is important for 
appearance and helps reduce the 
risk for disease. Williams said exer- 
cise also raises metabolism and 
increases muscle mass, which 
allows the body to burn more calo- 

Students bum calories walking 
to Iberville, Vic's or the Ren- 
dezvous, but when they get there, 
what are the healthy choices? 

Nutritionists say salad is an 
obvious choice for a healthy meal. 
It's a great way to load up on the 
recommended daily servings of 
vegetables. A good idea is to add 
some lean meat or eggs for protein 
and iron. Also, try not to ruin a 
good thing by adding a heavy 

Wraps are also a healthy choice. 
Get lean meat on a wheat tortilla. 
Go light on the mayo, or replace it 
with a fat-free substitute like mus- 
tard or salsa. Pile on vegetables 
and you have yourself a meal. 

It is always smart to be healthy, 
so keep these valuable tips in mind 
and it will be easy to watch your 
wallet and your waistline! 




Food is for 

not thought 

Ok so we all know that diet 
and exercise are the easiest way 
to maintain a healthy lifestyle — 
that's a given; however, did you 
know that some of the foods that 
we eat everyday can be extreme- 
ly harmful to your appearance? 
By appearance, I don't mean 
your shape; I mean your hair, 
skin, nails, teeth and eyes. Many 
times the mistakes we make in 
our diet can have a drastic effect 
on our how we look. Although 
physical appearance might not 
be your number one priority 
right now, the health of your 
appearance should be. 

During the stressful time of 
studying for an important exam, 
you may be tempted to order a 
late-night pizza for sustenance. 
After scarfing the entire thing 
down, you will probably feel full, 
bloated and super-uncomfort- 
able — but worst consequence 
does not come until you wake up 
in the morning. A massive col- 
lection of little creatures we all 
despise called bacteria collabo- 
rate with the grease from your 
previous meal and produce 
something we dread: pimples. 

Keeping a healthy diet in your 
life is important to your com- 
plexion. By getting into a routine 
of drinking plenty of water, stay- 
ing away from greasy foods like 
pizza or fatty hamburgers and 
keeping veggies on your appetite 
you'll keep your risk of clutter- 
ing your skin at a distance and 
possibly prevent some future 
skin diseases. 

This week I hope to peak your 
interest with fruits, veggies and 
other mandatory elements for 
your diet. 


This first element that I cannot 
stress enough about is water. 
Water is the purest beverage the 
human body can take in — know 
why? The human body is made 
up of between 45 and 60 percent 
water. Water helps keep the 
body hydrated, obviously, but it 
also does more than that. Drink- 
ing lots of water keeps your skin 
from shriveling — especially your 
face. Once your face starts shriv- 
eling, its only a matter of time 
before the wrinkles will appear. 
It is important to drink water to 
keep skin supple and moist, lev- 
eling out your complexion. 
Keeping water in your system 
also lessens your chance of a 
breakout — the fluid lets the 
impurities in your body flow out. 


This fruit looks a lot like a 
small brown fuzzy egg on the 
outside, but the inside is a sweet, 
delightful and green "meat." 
This fruit is a native of New 
Zealand and brings its exotic 
homeopathic benefits along with 
it. Kiwis are loaded with vitamin 
C, which helps keep your 
immune system strong; however 
is also helps keep your face full 
of pigmentation. Ever get the 
feeling that you are starting to 
look a little pale? Grab a nice 
fuzzy kiwi and enjoy! 


Many people might consider 
avocados a really fatty food, but 
look at it this way. Avocados are 
packed with unsaturated fats 
which are the "good" fats — so 
don't worry about the calorie or 
fat intake. According to the Cali- 
fornia Avocado Advisory Board, 
an 8-ounce avocado only con- 
tains 139 calories. It also contains 
high amounts of vitamin C, thi- 
amine, riboflavin and potassium. 
Potassium helps prevent dermal 
(skin) bruising and also aids in 
healing bruises. 

Dairy Products: 

For some folks, anything dairy 
can be severely harmful to their 
gastrointestinal system. For 
those people who CAN digest 
dairy products, I suggest adding 

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anything like milk, cheese or 
yogurt to your diet. Milk and 
cheese contain protein which is 
vital for healthy muscle mainte- 
nance and to keep hair and nails 
shiny and smooth. Yogurt is really 
important for your facial com- 
plexion — it contains useful bacte- 
ria that keeps pores open and 
clear. Whatever dairy product 
you choose, know this: it all has 
massive amounts of calcium, 
which is vital for bone structure 
which includes teeth, keeping 
your chompers healthy and 


According to the Food Net- 
work, tomatoes are members of 
the "nightshade" family which 
also includes the potato and egg- 
plant. Tomatoes are rich in vita- 
mins A, B and C, potassium, iron, 
phosphorus and lycopene. 
Lycopene is probably the most 
beneficial element found in these 
"love apples." Lycopene helps 
eyesight — it is a proven fact! 
Improving your eyesight helps 
bring out the gleam in your eyes. 


Tuna is not just the chicken of 
the sea. Tuna has some really 
awesome elements in it that are 
really good for you. First off, it is 
packed with Omega-3 fatty acids 
which are great for preventing 
heart attacks and obesity. It also 
has more protein in it than beef 
does, which is great for your nails 
and hair-not to mention that it is 
also great "brain food." 

These diet elements are not the 
only things that are great for you, 
but they are some of the most 
important. If you are wanting 
more information on food for 
beauty, go to or 
grab the book "Beauty Food" by 
Dagmar von Cramm which is 
available at major bookstores. 

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The skinny on eating disorders and one student's success story 

By Jonathan Newell 

Sauce Reporter 

Being healthy does not necessar- 
ily mean being thin. 

More than 35 percent of college 
women use bingeing and purging 
to control their weight, according 
to the American Psychological 

However, about 10 percent of 
those with eating disorders are 
male, according to the Anorexia 
Nervosa and Related Eating Disor- 
ders, Inc. 

Eating disorders are complex 
conditions arising from a combina- 
tion of long-standing psychologi- 
cal, interpersonal and social condi- 

Scientists are still researching the 
primary causes for emotional and 
physical damages, although they 
know about some general issues 
that can contribute to developing 
eating disorders, according to the 
National Eating Disorders Aware- 
ness and Prevention Program. Eat- 
ing disorders go beyond the issue 
of just food. People use food for 
emotional reasons, trying to relieve 
overwhelming issues in their lives. 

Different Eating Disorders 

Eating Disorders such as anorex- 
ia, bulimia and binge-eating disor- 
der include extreme emotions, atti- 
tudes and behaviors surrounding 
weight and food issues, which can 
have life-threatening conse- 

Anorexia Nervosa is characterized 
by self-starvation and excessive 
weight loss. 

"For me, it is easier 
to just say that when 
I had an eating 
disorder, I merely 
existed. Because we 
have the pressure of 
society to be thin, we 
diet and starve 


a former bulimic 

Symptoms include: 

Refusal to maintain body weight 
at or above a minimally normal 
weight for height, body type, age, 
and activity level 

Intense fear of weight gain or 
being "fat" 

Feeling "fat" or overweight 
despite dramatic weight loss 

Loss of menstrual periods 

Extreme concern with body 
weight and shape 

Bulimia Nervosa is characterized 
by a secretive cycle of binge eating 
followed by purging. Bulimia 
includes eating large amounts of 
food — more than most people 
would eat in one meal — in short 
periods of time, then getting rid of 
the food and calories through vom- 
iting, laxative abuse, or over-exer- 

Symptoms include: 

Repeated episodes of bingeing 
and purging 

Feeling out of control during a 
binge and eating beyond the point 
of comfortable fullness 

Purging after a binge, (typically 
by self-induced vomiting, abuse of 
laxatives, diet pills and /or diuret- 
ics, excessive exercise, or fasting) 

Frequent dieting 

Extreme concern with body 
weight and shape 

Binge Eating Disorder (also 
known as compulsive overeating) 
is characterized primarily by peri- 
ods of uncontrolled, impulsive or 
continuous eating beyond the point 
of feeling comfortably full. While 
there is no purging, there may be 
sporadic fasts or repetitive diets 
and often feelings of shame or self- 
hatred after a binge. People who 
overeat compulsively may struggle 
with anxiety, depression and loneli- 
ness, which can contribute to their 
unhealthy episodes of binge eating. 
Body weight may vary from nor- 
mal to mild, moderate or severe 

Other eating disorders can 
include some combination of the 
signs and symptoms of anorexia, 
bulimia and /or binge-eating disor- 
der. While these behaviors may not 
be clinically considered a full syn- 
drome eating disorder, they can 
still be physically dangerous and 
emotionally draining. All eating 
disorders require professional help. 

One Student's Break- 

"For me, it is easier to just si 
that when I had an eating disordj 
and I was bulimic, I merely exJ 
ed," said a former bulimic at Na 
referred to as Stephanie. "I jj 
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and improve her life, but the cycj 
was overpowering, she said. 

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Stephanie says. "It was somethin 
that I had to do, and I pretty muc <| 
hated my life because of it." 

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women and men are pressured t 
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Getting help 

For help or information, call the 
Office of Counseling and Carea 
Services at 357-5621 during offia 
hours 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In ar 
emergency, contact the Universitj 
Police at 357-5431 and ask them to 
contact a counselor for you. 

General eating disorder statistics 

Over one person's lifetime, at least 50,000 individuals will die as direct result of their eating disorder. 

• 0.5%-3.7% of females suffer from Anorexia Nervosa 

• l.l%-4.2% of females suffer from Bulimia Nervosa in their lifetime 

• 2%-5% of the American population experience Binge Eating Disor- 

10%-25% of all those battling anorexia will die as a direct result of 
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Shannon Puder led NSU (7-7, 
3-2) with 11 kills while Flavia 
Belo and Whitney King each had 
11 spikes as the Lady Demons 
won convincingly 30-21, 30-24 
and 30-26. 

"We're playing extremely well 
right now," said NSU head coach 
Leigh Mullins. "We knew we had 
the chance to come in here and 
get a good win. Now we get to 
return home for a couple more 

This is the first time in the vol- 
leyball team has won three 
straight conference matches. 

The Demons will return to 
action on Friday when they host 
McNeese State in a 7 p.m. match 
inPrather Coliseum. The first 200 
people get a free hamburger at 
the game. 

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By Justin Hebert 

Sauce Reporter 

In what was a big weekend for 
NSU athletics, the Lady Demons 
volleyball team came up huge in 
their first two home matches of 
this season. 

Northwestern defeated the 
defending Southland Conference 
champion Nicholls State 
Colonels 3-0 Friday night, in 
front of almost 400 fans in 
Prather Coliseum. They contin- 
ued Saturday to blank the South- 
eastern Louisiana Lady Lions 3- 

The Lady Demons improved 
their record to 6-7 overall and 
evened their Southland Confer- 
ence record to 2-2 with the wins 
over Nicholls and Southeastern. 

Both Nicholls and Southeast- 
ern entered their games this 
weekend undefeated in SLC play. 

Friday was a reunion night for 
NSU volleyball alumni, as the 
Demons dominated the Colonels 
with a strong performance from 
freshman outside hitter Whitney 

King compiled 15 kills in the 
match including kills for the final 
four points. Two weeks ago, she 
also tied the school record for 

kills with 31 at Centenary Col- 
lege in Shreveport. 

Sophomore Janel Fisher, who 
had 13 kills, and senior Beth 
Freeland, who had 10 kills, led 
NSU against Southeastern to win 
the three games 30-22, 30-27 and 

NSU also got help from many 
other players to sweep the two 
games of their opening home 

Junior outside hitter Isabela 
Duarte, delivered 21 kills and 29 
digs, while, senior libero Ashley 
Hadley hustled to total 34 digs in 
the two games. Junior Flavia 
Belo added 43 assists to her stats 
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Vic works hard all year to better 
himself and better the fans 
around him so NSU athletics can 
receive the most support possible. 

It is an extremely tough but 
exciting job, and the rewards are 
always reaped in the end. 

In March, during the NSU and 
Duke game at the Women's 
NCAA Tournament, Vic got really 
crazy as the NSU Band, who he 
says is his greatest compliment, 
played "Shout It Out." 

Vic stole the spotlight from the 
Duke Blue Devil as he danced, 
jumped up and down and ran 
through the crowd. 

Vic received what could be his 
greatest compliment from an 
ESPN camera crew who had been 
covering events for twenty years. 

"The ESPN camera crew came 
up to me and said I am the best 
mascot they have ever seen in 
their lives. That just made my 
head swell. It was awesome man, 
it's awesome," Vic said. 

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Vic the Demon celebrates at a game. 



week's game was the field goal 
unit and NSU's lack of scoring in 
the third and fourth quarter. 

The Demons have scored only 
seven points in the second half in 
four games this season. 

We have got to get consistent in 
the second half of football 
games," Stoker said. "We don't 
stay focused throughout the game 
and we are just not a good third- 
quarter football team." 

The field goal kickers are a com- 
bined three for nine on field goals. 

Demon kicker Josh Storrs 
missed an extra point and a field 
goal last weekend while Tommy 
Hebert hit a 34-yard field goal, his 
first of the season. 

The Demons are also banged 
up, so several key players will not 
play this week. 

Some injured players are cor- 
nerback David Pittman, defensive 
lineman Gary Wesley, running 
backs Sampson, Johnese and A.J. 

Franklin and tight end Mark Mor- 
ris. There are several other 
Demon players hurt, but all are 

"We are worried about injuries 
and we are really banged up this 
weekend," Stoker said. "We are 
not for sure how long some of 
these injuries will last but hope- 
fully guys will step up for us. 
Some things might go bad when 
you mismatch guys but that is 
what we have to do." 

Kickoff time for this week's 
game is at 4 p.m. Students should 
remember to get their free tickets 
before the game and no umbrellas 
are allowed in the stadium. 

NSU 40, ASU 35 

The NSU Demons withstood a 
late second half rally by the 
Appalachian State Mountaineers 
to pick up their third win of the 
season 40-35. 

The Demons won the contest 
between the nationally ranked 
teams thanks to a 31 -yard first 
half offensive outburst. 

Then the second half rolled 
around and the Demons forgot to 
show up as the Mountaineers 
scored on their first two posses- 
sions to make the game interest- 

The game came down to a final 
drive by Appalachian State as the 
Mountaineers were down by five. 
The Demons blitzed quarterback 
Richie Williams on a fourth down 
conversion and sealed the win for 

NSU was led by their running 
game as the Demons finished 
with 381 yards rushing on 61 car- 
ries. The Demons had 538 yards 
of total offense. 

Quarterbacks Connor Morel 
and Davon Vinson combined for 
15 of 25 passes for 157 yards with 
two touchdowns. 

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The Way 
I See It 


If all NSU football 
games are like the one 
against Appalachian State, 
I am not sure I will physi- 
cally be able to handle 
watching another game. 

NSU's 40-35 victory 
over Appalachian State 
was definitely one of the 
craziest games I have seen 
in my college career. If you 
did not see the game, then 
I will tell you why I need- 
ed aspirin afterward. 

NSU dominated 
Appalachian State in the 
first half like they were a 
junior college intramural 

We out gained the 
Mountaineers offensively 
349-99 yards in the half, 
and our running backs 
were acting like Emmitt 
Smith in his glory days. 

At one point, NSU was 
up 31 points and sitting 
pretty. However, 
Appalachian State scored 
on a long drive right 
before halftime, and I 
began to feel uneasy about 
the situation. 

The offensive explosion 
of Appalachian State and 
NSU's inability to move 
the ball or stop them in the 
second half made the 
game much closer than it 
should have been. 

The Mountaineers 
scored on their first two 
possessions and things 
started to look bad. 

During the game I had 
flashbacks of the movie 
"Rocky:" NSU pummeled 
them like Apollo Creed, 
but ASU just would not 

ASU's quarterback 
Richie Williams played 
like his life was at stake in 
the second half. I was 
especially impressed with 
the 89-yard pass he threw 
to receiver Davon Fowlkes 
to cut the lead down to 

He was cool and calm, 
but in the end, NSU's 
defense saved the day 
with a fourth down sack 
of Williams. 

NSU cannot expect to 
win the Southland Confer- 
ence championship if they 
play like they did in the 
second half. I do not want 
to downplay the heroic 
effort that NSU showed 
when their backs were 
against the wall, but it 
never should have gotten 
to that point. 

When championship 
teams build big leads they 
keep the game out of 
reach. NSU just needs to 
learn how to be more con- 

NSU cannot blow leads 
against Nicholls State, 
Stephen F. Austin and 
McNeese State. The South- 
land Conference is wide 
open this year, and NSU's 
ability to hold leads will 
be vital. 

NSU's close games 
against Appalachian State 
and Jackson State (NSU 
won 28-20, but blew a 21-6 
lead) should serve as 
wake-up calls. 

Here is a message to the 
team. You guys are a real- 
ly good and are fully capa- 
ble of winning the cham- 
pionship, but this needs to 

Ram the ball down the 
opponent's throat and 
make 'em cry with the 
Purple Swarm. 

The heart that you all 
showed on Saturday is big 
and worthy of a title. Play 
smart, hard football and 
good things will happen. 

Cheryl Thompson / the Current Sauce 

Vic the Demon watches a home football game at Turpin Stadium where he roams the sidelines. Vic likes to excite the crowd and to get the Demon faithful on their feet. 

Vic is for Victory! 

By Justin Hebert 

Sauce Reporter 

He came into existence 82 
years ago as a result of a stu- 
dent contest that had a $10 
grand prize. 

His name originated in a 
student contest 22 years ago, 
in which the grand prize 
was an all-expense paid 
weekend at the Louisiana 
State Fair Classic. 

He was created for the stu- 
dents, by the students, and 
he exemplifies the essence of 
what every NSU student, 
athlete and coach strive to 

"Vic is for victory," Vic the 
Demon exclaims! 

That's right, it is Vic the 
Demon who has been part of 
the heart and soul of this 
University and has bled pur- 
ple and orange for almost 82 

Under University Presi- 
dent V.L. Roy and coach H. 
Lee Prather, the demon that 
everyone in this town has 
come to welcome was born. 

Almost 62 years later, he 
was finally given his name 
by an NSU alumni. 

Vic has been working 
many years to get the stu- 
dents and fans of NSU to 
cheer, yell and scream for 

the Demons, and, as all great 
mascots should, the more he 
gets people going, the fur- 
ther he goes. 

"The more the crowd acts, 
the more Vic can act," Vic 
said. "So, the more hype the 
crowd gets, the more hype I 

Although Vic has always 
been the one demon in the 
hearts of NSU students, he 
admits he has seen many 
changes in himself. 

"Vic has changed a lot 
over the years. I've changed 
from a slow, droopy demon, 
to now I am a big, buff, 
hyperactive demon," he 

But no matter how much 
he has changed, the Vic 
everyone here has come to 
know and love is still the 
same little devil he has 
always been. 

He is the same Vic every- 
one sees running up and 
down the sidelines at games 
or pep rallies, picking on 
fans and players, dancing 
with cheerleaders and bring- 
ing smiles and laughs to all 
of the people in the crowd. 

"To get the crowd on their 
feet and everything, I get 
into cheers with cheerlead- 
ers," Vic said. "To make the 
crowds laugh I pick on peo- 

ple, steal hats, steal purses, I 
mean, just something a little 
devil would do." 

Another passion of Vic's, 
if you haven't noticed, is 

"I love to dance. I dance a 
lot. A lot of people think it is 
funny. A lot of people get up 
and start dancing with me," 
he said. 

You can always expect Vic 
the Demon to be up to some 
sort of mischief. 

He admits that at the Uni- 
versity of Louisiana at 
Lafayette football game this 
year he managed to make 
his way to the big UL bush 
sign on their field and gave 
it a few kicks. 

Although he is a loveable 
mascot to the kids and fans 
of NSU, he shows no love 
for other mascots, especially 
Southland Conference rival 

"I really want to take 
down the lumberjack. I do 
not like Stephen F. Austin - 
Stephen F. Austin and 
McNeese," Vic said. 
"Rowdy Cowboy - Rowdy 
is going down." 

Vic said there was no com- 
petition from the Appalachi- 
an State Mountaineer this 
past weekend. 

"He was an old man pret- 

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Cheryl Thompson / the Current Sauce 
Vic the Demon helps the ROTC fire the cannon after a Demon 
touchdown. Vic likes to run around and act mischievous. 

ty much," he said. "He did- 
n't wanna mess with Vic." 

It may seem like there is 
nothing but fun and smiles 
for Vic the Demon, but he 
said that it is not always as 
fun as you think to be the 
center of attention. 

It takes a lot of exercise 
and a health-conscious mind 

to stay in good enough 
shape to entertain the 
crowds, especially on game 

"Being Vic is very, very 
strenuous on your body. I 
pretty much rest all week," 
Vic said. "Before I go out 
there, I drink a lot of water. 
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NSU looks for fourth win 

By Patrick West 

Sports Editor 

The NSU Demons look to 
extend their three-game 
winning streak this Saturday 
against the Oklahoma Pan- 
handle State Aggies at 
Turpin Stadium. 

After NSU's win last 
weekend against Appalachi- 
an State, the Demons 
jumped up five spots in the 
Division I-AA Top 25 polls. 

NSU is now ranked 14th in 
the Sports Network's media 
voting and 15th ranked in 
the ESPN /USA Today 
coaches poll. 

Besides the three-game 
winning streak, the Demons 
also look to improve their 
22-game regular-season 
Turpin Stadium winning 
streak vs. non-conference 
visitors dating back to 1994. 

The Demons are also try- 
ing to post back-to-back-to- 
back 40 point or better scor- 
ing totals for only the second 
time in school history. 

Last season, the Demons 

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Demon fullback Issa Banna hurdles over corner back Jerome Touch- 
stone and lands on the one yard line against Appalachian State. The 
Demons beat the Mountaineers 40-35 at Turpin Stadium. 

shut down the visiting 
Aggies, beating OPSU 59-0 
at home. 

The Purple Swarm 
Defense allowed minus one 
yards and one first down, 

then a Southland Conference 

That record was broken 
last weekend when the Pur- 
ple Swarm held the Moun- 
taineers to minus nine yards 

of offense. 

The Aggies have turned it 
around since that blowout 
loss, winning seven of their 
last nine under former 
Nebraska player and gradu- 
ate assistant coach Ryan 

The Aggies are ranked 
16th in rushing offense aver- 
aging 245.6 yards per game 
and 24th in total offense 
averaging 430.2 ypg. 

Quarterback Ty Sellers 
who is ranked 18th in total 
offense with a 272-yard aver- 
age per game leads the 
OPSU offense. Sellers was 
injured in the first quarter of 
last season's game and the 
Aggies never recovered. 

"He is a really good play- 
er," Demon head coach Scott 
Stoker said. "He is a great 
competitor and we will have 
to play aggressive to stop 

The Purple Swarm 
defense looks to shut down 
Sellers and the Aggie 
defense again this year. The 
Purple Swarm is ranked No. 

1 in Division I-AA rush 
defense after allowing 
minus 24 yards the past 

The Demons are allowing 
a meek 46.3 rushing ypg and 
are ranked fifth nationally in 
total defense, allowing 232 


The Demons will look to 
their running game, which 
had 381 yards of offense on 
the ground on 61 carries last 
week to help carry them past 
the Aggies. 

Both Demon running 
backs Shelton Sampson and 
Derrick Johnese had 100- 
yards rushing in the first 
half before leaving with 

Johnese had 125 yards 
rushing with one touch- 
down while Sampson had 
109 yards rushing with one 

Johnese was named 
Louisiana Sports Writers 
Association state college 
offensive player of the week. 

The only blemish in last 
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Tennis wins i 
opening week 

Highlighted by a 9-8 (7. 
win from Anneline Zerwj 
and Alexandra Nieto in | 
No. 1 doubles against 
host school, Northwest! 
State took five of six do 
bles matches Sunday 
wrap up a successful 
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Zerwick-Nieto prevail 
over Parekh Bindiya a: 
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narrow 8-6 losers at No. 2; 
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and Barbara Aldredge. 

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at No. 1 over Maja Kovao 
and Toral Pareckh. Villegi 
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and Jenna Malloy. 

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top runner last Saturday 
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Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004 

Volume 90 • Issue 9 

Students serving students at 
Northwestern State University since 1914 

First copies free to NSU students and staff 
50 cents per copy otherwise 

Sauce on the Side 

Aspiring singers in the central Louisiana area could be 
named the next Natchitoches Idol. Based on the 
"American Idol" television series, local sponsors are 
iila Prado wj Peking the best singer-entertainer in the area. 
Dsers at No. 2 

The first round of competition will take place Oct. 16, 
at Boogie on the Bricks in downtown Natchitoches. 
Renn Ardoin, the first Natchitoches Idol, will perform 
with the Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs on Sat- 
urday night. 

Anyone interested in competing for the title of 

Natchitoches Idol should contact Gloria Young or Julie 

.Abbington at People's State Bank at 352-9089 or 256- 
ireckh. Villegi 2Q71 

There is a $25 entry fee. Participants must be 
d an 8-5 win % years of age or older. 

The final winner will be announced at the Annual 
Natchitoches Jazz and R&B Festival April 2, 2005. First 
place receives $300 in cash and up to four hours free 
time in a recording studio to record a demo, which will 
le placed in the hands of at least two record compa- 
nies in Nashville. 

City of Natchitoches 

Student wins Miss City of Lights 

An NSU student is one of this 
year's Christmas Festival queens. 

Lauren O'Kelly, senior second- 
ary education major, was crowned 
Miss City of Lights 2005 on Sept. 

Lauren O'Kelly 

As Miss City of Lights, O'Kelly 
will have the honor of being the first 
to turn on the Christmas lights in 
November. She will ride in NSU's 
Homecoming parade as well as the 
Christmas Festival parade. 

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d a 1-2-3 fini 

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la as the La Since it: was one °^ the ^ rst P a 9 eants °* tne season - 
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mmated a M ry Ke||y sajd evef| though sne made one minor m j Sta ke 
o win their s( ^ e trjed t0 keep sm j|j n g and no t the people know, 
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na Tech Invi avery irn P° rtant issue because suicide is something 

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many people deal with at some point in their lives. 

Prizes for winning the pageant include a full-tuition 
scholarship to NSU for one year, and $1000. 

Smith named music coordinator 

"When I was little," O'Kelly said, "I saw Miss City of 
Zollege (75) ajLights and thought 'I'm going to be her." 

ech (83). H e| . advice about competing in pageants is: "It is a 

y Demons n wonderful opportunity to meet other girls, get out your 

top eight fini platform and make money for school." 

Salomon, w" ., .. . 

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last Saturday 
Demons wol^ 
men's divisl 
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lext compete 
iday, Oct. 4 in 

Professor Tony Smith, who 
has taught at NSU for 28 
years, was recently promot- 
ed to music coordinator. 

Director of the School of 
Creative and Performing Arts 
Bill Brent said he decided 
that he needed help, so he 
offered the position to 
Smith, who accepted the 
position because he wanted 
to help the music faculty 
further their excellent teach- 

Tony Smith 

"If I can help the music 
Marcie W* fec u)ty do wnat tnev do best/ wnic h j S teach beautiful- 

n'V. I'll have done my job," Smith said. 

Before NSU, Smith was the principle oboe player in 
."le Navy band in Washington. However, he said his 
Demons, Ambition in life was to teach at college. After applying 
several colleges he was offered a job at NSU. One 
a 24:14 time r eason Smith said he was glad to take the job was his 
ip Hattaway 1 brents live three hours away in Hope, Ark. Also, his 
Gid< W|f e teaches History at NSU. Smith said the best thing 
^out his new position is that he does not have to stop 
s greatest love, teaching. 

Corey Chase 

Future parking 
rules to favor 
juniors, seniors 

By Courtney LaCaze 

Sauce Reporter 

The University Traffic and 
Parking Committee met 
Tuesday to discuss the new 
parking regulations for next 
school year, and juniors and 
seniors might soon have the 
upper hand concerning 

Under a new program 
implemented by the SGA, 
anyone classified as a junior 
or senior by the University 
will be assigned parking lots 
according to their major. 
When the assigned parking 
areas are full, students will 
park in overflow parking 
areas by Prather Coliseum. 

Residents already have 
designated parking areas, 
and with the new plan, fresh- 
man or sophomore com- 
muters must park at Prather 

In 2006, NSU faculty and 
staff are expected to have 
new parking areas. 

The SGA passed the bill 
last spring but due to late 
communication and timing, 
the University Police had 
already ordered the existing 
parking tags so implementa- 

tion of the program was 
pushed back a year. 

Jeff Mathews, SGA adviser 
and chairman of the Traffic 
and Parking Committee, said 
implementing new parking 
rules will be a lengthy 
process done in steps. 

This year, NSU residents 
were the first to see the 
changes. Next fall, new 
parking tags will be issued to 
students according to classi- 
fication and major. 

University Police Chief 
Rickie Williams said parking 
has always been a problem, 
and he has high hopes for the 
new program. 

Williams said the main 
problem with traffic at NSU 
is students changing parking 
areas between classes. 

SGA Sen. Matt Bartley said 
NSU is one of the only uni- 
versities without strict park- 
ing regulations. At some uni- 
versities students cannot 
park on campus. 

Students must park in 
assigned lots between 7 a.m. 
and 3 p.m. Students not in 
their designated parking 
area or the overflow lot will 
be subject to tickets and fines 
by the University Police. 

Greek drama starts season 

Leslie West brook/ the Ci rri n i Sun 

During a production of "Antigone" Sunday at NSU's outdoor Greek theater, Haemon (Bryan Lee) 
argues with his father Creon (Jamaal Hill) while the Choragos (Liz Maxwell) watches. Haemon is 
arguing against the future execution of his fiancee, Antigone. Senior theatre major Tabatha Roy 
directed the play. Roy said she took a minimalist approach to the lighting design of the play, 
which was mostly lit with tiki torches. "Antigone" was the first theater production this semester. 

SGA refuses to invite feminist speaker 

By Victoria Smith 

Sauce Reporter 
Elaine Broussard 

Editor in Chief 

The SGA senate over- 
whelmingly disapproved a 
proposal to invite a feminist 
speaker to NSU. 

Academic Affairs Commis- 
sioner Shantel Wempren pro- 
posed a resolution to bring 
Gloria Steinem to NSU as 
part of the Distinguished Lec- 
turer Series. 

Steinem is a feminist who 
was actively involved in 
human, civil and women's 
rights liberation in the 1960s 
and 70s. The resolution pro- 

posed offering Steinem 
$10,000 to speak at NSU. 
Wempren said Steinem's 
usual fee is $15,000. 

At the meeting, Wempren 
said that Steinem may some- 
times make male audiences 
uncomfortable, but she 
argued that the majority of 
the NSU student population 
is women. 

Wempren said considering 
that the two speakers that vis- 
ited NSU last year, consumer 
advocate and current presi- 
dential candidate Ralph 
Nader and former profession- 
al wrestler and conservative 
speaker Warrior are male, "it 
might be interesting to hear 

someone for the women." 

"Steinem is controversial, 
but controversy puts people 
in the chairs," Wempren said. 

Before the meeting, the Fis- 
cal Affairs Committee unani- 
mously opposed the resolu- 

SGA Treasurer and Fiscal 
Committee Chairman, Beau 
Boudreaux said he is con- 
cerned about draining the 
Distinguished Lecturer budg- 

Boudreaux suggested that 
the SGA focus on bringing 
smaller speakers to NSU who 
demand less money for their 
visits and only bring in larger, 
more expensive speakers 

every other year. 

"It's a delayed gratification 
thing," Boudreaux said. "If 
we spend that much this year, 
we will have to start all over 
with the budget." 

Student Affairs Commis- 
sioner Matt Bartley opposed 
bringing Steinem to NSU 
because he said she blames 
society's problems on "white 
male dominance." 

"She has the right to 
express her opinion," Bartley 
said. "I just don't feel this is 
the right place to do it." 

Wempren said she was dis- 
appointed that her resolution 
did not pass. She said that 
she and her committee "will 

start from scratch and find 
someone that's not as good 
for less money." 

New members of the sen- 
ate, Natasha Bennett, Becky 
Norton and Brian White, 
were appointed and sworn in 
at the meeting. 

All applications for Organi- 
zational Grants are due on 
Oct. 15 and Meet Your Sena- 
tor Day is Oct. 26. 

Next week is Homecoming 
week at NSU, and the SGA is 
sponsoring Campus Spirit 
Day on Wednesday. Students 
are encouraged to wear pur- 
ple to show their school spir- 

Policing ourselves 

Students write tickets to students 

Special to the Current Sauce 

Stephen Rachal writes a parking ticket as part of his student job. 

By Victoria Smith 

Sauce Reporter 

Students are writing more 
than research papers this 
semester; some are writing 
parking rickets. 

The SGA created the new 
student job to assist campus 
police officers, who previous- 
ly spent most of their patrol 
time writing tickets. 

SGA President Mindy 
McConnell said: "There was 
not University funding for 
more police officers. Student 
ticket writers write tickets in 
order to help provide student 
jobs and to help the police do 
their main job." 

Lt. Donald Racal said that 
having the student ticket 

writers has allowed patrol 
officers time to do other 
things. The ticket writers can 
work 80 hours a month 
allowing the campus police 
to have more time to focus on 
other patrolling aspects. 

"They might come in and 
work for an hour," Lt. Racal 
said. "Thev work in between 
classes. They fill in their own 
schedules and come in and 
work them." 

Student ticket writers 
Stephen Rachal and Randall 
Ferguson both enjoy the job. 
Rachal said he hopes to be a 
state trooper so he is gaining 
experience by writing tickets. 
Ticketing students who are 
illegally parked does not 
bother Ferguson either. 

"I'm a student, too, and I 
know how hard it is to find a 
parking spot," Ferguson said. 
"But when somebody does 
something that they aren't 
supposed to do, I'm going to 
write them a ticket." 

Racal said that at the begin- 
ning of every semester, many 
ticketed students file appeals, 
because they do not know 
the rules. He said he expects 
about a third as many 
appeals next week. 

In order to avoid tickets, 
students can find the Cam- 
pus Parking and Driving 
Regulations pamphlets in the 
University Police station. 
They outline the rules for 
campus car movement and 

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News — the Current Sauce — Thursday, October 7, 2004 

BPCC to open branch on NSU'S campus 

By Kyle A. Carter 

News Editor 

As the coming selective admis- 
sions standards draw closer to 
implementation, universities 
around the state have been trying 
to develop means to provide access 
to four-year institutions to all stu- 
dents. NSU has decided, through 
their push to admit transfer stu- 
dents, to set up a branch of Bossier 
Parish Community College on the 
Natchitoches campus. 

Since last spring, President Ran- 
dall Webb and Anthony Scheffler, 
university provost, have been talk- 
ing with members of the BPCC 
administration to develop a branch 
of BPCC on NSU's campus. 

The plan is to have a BPCC facil- 
ity on the main campus, which will 
allow students wanting to attend 
NSU to do so regardless of selective 
admissions. Scheffler said the Uni- 
versity wants to provide access to 
NSU to anyone who wants to come 

to the University. He said for those 
students who could not meet the 
admissions standards, having a 
presence of BPCC here still allows 
them to enter the University as a 
transfer student from BPCC. 

"It is a convenience for people 
who can't go to Shreveport but 
want to be able to enter a four-year 
university," Scheffler said. "It is 
just an opportunity for people 
regionally to experience the college 
life before entering a four-year uni- 

Webb said the plan is part of a 
whole process to ensure that the 
University enrolls the best possible 
students. Despite the admissions 
standards coming in the fall of 
2005, he said the University still 
wants people to know that they 
have options before they give up all 
hope of entering the University. 

"We want to attract students who 
want to go to NSU," Webb said. 

Stan Wilkins, vice-chancellor for 
academic affairs for BPCC, said 
BPCC is only developing a branch 
of the community college here. 

Wilkins said the branch in Natchi- 
toches would only offer enough 
classes to meet the core require- 
ments needed for enrollment into a 
four-year university as a transfer 
student. This state requirement has 
been set for 12-hours of non-devel- 
opmental courses to allow student 
enrollment as a transfer student. 

"We are helping Northwestern 
better prepare those who want to 
enter into the University," Wilkins 

Scheffler said the plan with 
BPCC has not been to develop a 
full community college setting in 
Natchitoches, but to provide a 
streamlined process for transfer- 
ring and enrolling of students into 
NSU as from a community college. 
Scheffler also said there will be no 
difference between NSU and BPCC 
students if the plan goes into effect. 
Instead, students who cannot meet 
selective admissions will still get to 
become acquainted with life as an 
NSU student by taking classes with 
BPCC on campus. 

BPCC will be a completely inde- 

pendent institution from NSU once 
it has been set up Scheffler said. 
BPCC has been expected to devel- 
op plans to hire its own faculty and 
staff for the Natchitoches branch 
meaning anyone hired to work for 
the BPCC branch will be an 
employee of BPCC, not NSU. 

Scheffler said BPCC is still work- 
ing on final approval of the project 
from their governing bodies, but 
NSU has gotten all the final 
approvals to go ahead with the 
project. The University has been 
working with the Board of Regents 
and Supervisors through the 
process by keeping them informed 
of the progress and plans to take 
place. He said it is hoped that the 
final approvals will be met soon so 
that BPCC can start admitting stu- 
dents during the spring for the fall 
of 2005. 

Scheffler also said BPCC would 
not have a full presence here until 
the fall of 2005, but they should 
have a representative here during 
this spring semester to help in 
admitting students. 

Students voice their opinions on voting 

By Kyle Shirley 

Sauce Reporter 

Fuel from the debates is heating 
up the presidential race, but Amer- 
icans are still divided on who the 
next Commander in Chief should 

At NSU, students' opinions 
range from being apathetic and 
uninformed to passionate and 
knowledgeable, and no two are 
exactly alike. 

Shermaine Evans, a senior biolo- 
gy major from Alexandria, regis- 
tered to vote in Natchitoches Mon- 
day at the College Democrats 
Membership Drive in the Student 

Monday was the last day to reg- 
ister for the November elections. 

"I already had the forms in my 
room, but I never had a chance to 
mail them off," Evans said. 

Although he is unsure who he 
will vote for, Evans said he is lean- 
ing toward democratic candidate 
John Kerry. 

"Ifs all about who is a good 
speaker and who can persuade you 
to vote for them," Evans said. "I 
watched the debates the other 
night, and I liked what Kerry said. 
If s not just because he's a democ- 

On the other hand, Ashlie Fisher, 
a senior general studies major from 
New Orleans, is registered in 
Natchitoches and plans to vote for 
President George W. Bush. Fisher 
acknowledged that her decision is 
not definite, but said, "I don't think 
I'll change my mind." 

Although most Americans will 
likely cast their votes for either the 
Republican or Democratic candi- 
dates, some voters choose to sup- 
port lesser-known third party can- 

Chris Ryan, a sophomore math 
major from Covington, said he will 
not vote for Bush or Kerry. 

Ryan said he originally regis- 
tered in Covington, but recently 
switched his registration to Natchi- 


Ryan said he will probably vote 
for Ralph Nader if he appears on 
the Louisiana ballot. 

"I'm not even sure if he is,"Ryan 
said. "If he's not, then I'm going to 
vote for the Libertarian." 

Ryan is not the only student who 
plans to vote but is unsure about 
the electoral process. 

Robert Stewart, a freshman from 
Jennings, is uncertain where he is 
registered to vote. Stewart said he 
registered in both Jennings and 
Natchitoches, and said he believes 
that he is free to vote in either city. 
He said he plans to vote in Natchi- 
toches, but has not decided which 
candidate to support. 

"I've got to look at them some 
more and see what's going on with 
their opinions and stuff," Stewart 

Alexandria native Jennifer Hud- 
gens, a senior liberal arts major at 
the Scholars' College, is also unsure 
about her registration status. 

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"I registered a few years ago. I 
don't know if it still applies now," 
Hudgens said before adding that 
she "definitely" plans to vote. 

Other students have little or no 
interest in the election process. 

Krishna McBride, a junior Eng- 
lish major from Mandeville, is not 
registered and does not have plans 
to register soon. 

"I just never had the time to reg- 
ister," McBride said. I think about 
it, and then I don't do it. "Usually I 
just don't care." 

Students who are registered in 
their hometowns have the option 
of voting absentee either by mail or 
in person. 

According to Louisiana Secretary 
of State Fox McKeithen's website,, in-person absentee 
voting takes place twelve to six 
days before the actual election at 
the local registrar of voters office. 
To vote by mail, visit McKeithen's 
website to download a mail-in bal- 

10:43 a.m. 

A wreck was reported involv- 
ing a black Ford F-150 and a green 
Dodge Neon. 


12:09 a.m. 

A student called to report stu- 
dents burning leaves in front of 
Sabine. The officer dispatched did 
not see anyone burning anything. 
The student who reported it 
showed the officer a burned spot 
on the ground at the south end. 
12:52 a.m. 

An officer was sent to the three 
Columns because people were try- 
ing to climb them. It was five 
women with nothing better to do. 
6:57 p.m. 

The fire alarm at Bossier was 
going off. The fire department 
7:33 p.m. 

The fire alarm at Sabine was 
going off. The fire department 
7:42 p.m. 

A man and woman were argu- 
ing over a hat. Both said it 
belonged to them, and both 
claimed to have receipt for it. 
7:54 p.m. 

A wreck involving a cyclist, 
who fell off the bike trying to 
dodge a vehicle, was reported in 
front of Kyser. 
10:14 p.m. 

Domino's called to report that a 
deliverer had a pizza stolen out of 
his car at Sabine. 
10:16 p.m. 

A resident called from Bossier 
requesting an officer patrol the 
parking lot all night because he 
was having trouble with his ex- 
girlfriend who he feared would 
damage his car. 


1:35 a.m. 

The Natchitoches Parish Hospi- 
tal went to Sabine for a medical 
9:47 a.m. 

A vending machine was report- 
ed left open with the money and 
contents stolen in Rapides. 
1:43 p.m. 

There was a wreck reported in 
front of Sabine. 
2:32 p.m. 

The money box from the vend- 
ing machine was found along with 
two dime bags of drug parapher- 

5:41 p.m. 

An officer was sent to the 
Complex because someone w 


driving in donuts on the 
9:25 p.m. 

A driver in a white Honda Wj 
reported for throwing eggs on Taj 
ton near the PE Majors building. 
10:09 p.m. 

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report a suspicious man in the ba< 
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reporting about 20 people outsi< 
possibly engaging in drug use. 
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report a possible fight outside. 
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requesting the assistance of an ofj 
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report a stolen bike. 
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And If You Don't Like It, 
You Can Just Get Out 

By Justin Shatwell 

I was deeply disturbed last 
week by a letter in the paper that 
responded to Mr. Vicknair's tirade 
on the gay marriage amendment. 
Though I disagreed with the 
respondent, I uphold his right to 
his opinion on the matter and his 
right to be upset with Mr. Vick- 
nair. However, I was very upset to 
see him resort to the "If you don't 
like it, you can just get out" argu- 
ment. Rather than have another 
discourse on gay marriage, I 
would like to discuss the dangers 
of the mindset that the majority is 
always right. 

The United States rhetor- 
ically prides itself on its heteroge- 
neous population. We have often 
claimed this to be the haven for all 
those who seek freedom and the 
land where, even though we dis- 
agree, we can still live together in 
peace. We take the tour of Ellis 
Island, thump our chests, and 
with a tear in our eye proclaim 
what a mighty experiment this 
nation is, what a testament to the 
brotherhood of man. Yet when we 
return home, we immediately 
split into our distrustful and 
divided subpopulations. 

The idea of a united 
national community in this coun- 
try is a myth. Certainly there are 
common threads held by all citi- 
zens, such as the devotion to free- 
dom and democracy. However 
these likenesses hardly make a 
community. The fact of the matter 
is that we divide ourselves based 
on location, wealth, religion, race, 
and numerous other criteria. 
Though we may rally together in 
times of crisis, these subpopula- 
tions seem to be the comfort zones 
to which the majority of the nation 
always returns. I do not wish my 
reader to think that I am denying 
that there is ever any crossover 
between groups, or that I am mak- 
ing an argument that this state of 
affairs is good or bad. I am mere- 
ly painting a general picture of the 

realities of our society. 

The fact of the matter is that 
there are minorities and majorities 
in our society, and more often than 
not, prejudices and mistrust exist 
between them. Because of the 
structure of our government, it is 
quite easy for majorities to amass 
a great deal of power. For exam- 
ple, the President, Vice President, 
and every member of the Con- 
gress is Christian. However, this 
hardly reflects our population. 
There is a very large population in 
this country that follows other 
faiths or no faith at all, but there is 
seemingly no section of this coun- 
try where these minorities exist in 
numbers large enough to capture 
political power. As a result, these 
minorities are at the mercy of the 

If this country is to 
remain a haven for freedom where 
a diverse population can exist in 
peace, it is the duty of the majori- 
ty not to enshrine its beliefs in law. 
Last week's respondent took 
offense to Mr. Vicknair's allusion 
to the Civil Rights movement. 
Though I admit they are two very 
different cases, both are instances 
where a majority is attempting to 
preserve the social structure 
which they are most comfortable 
with through legislation at the 
expense of a minority that is seek- 
ing equality. The majority does 
not have ownership of our coun- 
try. Minorities have every right to 
their beliefs and should be 
allowed to flourish. This country 
will always have those who 
oppose the majority, but if we are 
to stay true to our national charter, 
no one has the right to ask them to 

Justin Shatwell is a Louisiana 
Scholar's College student. His 
column appears weekly on the 
editorial page. His opinions do 
not necessarily reflect the opin- 
ions of the Sauce staff or of the 

The benefit of being illogical 

By Savanna 

Coming to college has taught 
me a lot about responsibility. I 
have always had to be responsible 
since I grew up the oldest of three 
girls. My parents relied on me to 
take care of my chores, make good 
decisions and help out as much as 
possible with my sisters. 

My youngest sister is nine years 
old so I spent my last three years 
of high school getting her dressed 
and groomed for school. I also 
brought my sisters to and from 
school so they did not have to go 
through the dusty and bumpy bus 

When I came to college, I 
assumed I knew how to take care 
of myself pretty well. I was so 
wrong. I nearly had a nervous 
breakdown in the beginning 
because nothing seemed to go 

I would like to have faith in 
human kind and the world, but all 
that seems to do is set me up for 
more disappointment. 

A friend of mine was a victim of 
a really stupid and gross prank 
last week. Someone urinated on 
his Nintendo Game Cube. Not 
only is that a disrespectful thing to 
do to someone's property, but it's 
disgusting. Animals urinate on 
things; people aren't supposed to. 

I went to Chick-Fil-A to grab a 
bite to eat, and $15 fell out of my 
coin purse. There were people 
around me, and they had to see 
the money on the floor. Apparent- 
ly, someone realized it fell, but 
whoever found it just added some 
money to his pocket. It would 

have been really nice for that per- 
son to ask everyone around if the 
money was lost. Now I know to 
hold on to my money a little 

Then, I went to Wal-Mart the 
other night and bought a pack of 
sour peach ring candies. My 
boyfriend and I pulled into Sonic 
to get slushes, and I realized that 
the back of the candy bag was slit 
right down the middle. I was 
going to eat them, but my 
boyfriend said that someone or 
something might have tampered 
with them. By the time he said 
that, I had already stuck one in my 
mouth. If it wouldn't have been 
stale, I probably would have eaten 
the rest. 

I don't know how I didn't notice 
that the bag was slit open. It's hard 
to be responsible when you're 
absent-minded. I attribute things 
like that to my being left-brained. 
Left-brained people are creative, 
but I figure I can use it to my 
advantage for other things. If I for- 
get something, wear a funky out- 
fit, mispronounce words or do 
poorly on science homework, I 
can just say I'm left-brained. 

I can also be as illogical as I 
want because it's entertaining for 
other people as well as myself. My 
arguments and rebuttals are as 
funny as something you'd see on 
Comedy Central. They make 
absolutely no sense, but I don't 

Making no sense is a blessing 
sometimes. It makes people laugh, 
and it can lighten a mood. 

Savanna Mahaffey is a 
freshman journalism 
major. Her opinions do 
not necessarily reflect the 
opinions of the Sauce staff 
or of the University. 

The Sauce is STILL looking for a conservative colum- 
nist to help balance out the liberal viewpoints of J. 
Aaron "Q" Brown. If you want to battle it out with Q 
once a week, let us know. E-mail Elaine Broussard, 
Editor in Chief or Lora Sheppard, Opinions Editor at or call 357-5381. 

Lincoln-Douglas it ain't 

By J. Aaron "Q" 

I hope those of you wise enough 
to grab last Thursday's Sauce hot 
off the presses (looking for your 
weekly Filler fix, no doubt) were 
also wise enough to watch the 
debates. For those of you who 
missed them, I can't say enough 
good things about's 
unflagging coverage of the critical 
election issues. 

The debate was predictable, 
more photo-op and media frenzy 
than discussion. I can tell Kerry 
won, and I've only read the tran- 
scripts (my poor computer can't 
handle C-Span's streaming con- 
tent). I'm sorry I missed all the 
nuances of Bush's stupidity, 
though; can someone tell me if he 
did that thing where he wiggles his 
ears when he's confused? Neither 

candidate supposedly knew the 
questions in advance, so I know 
Bush had to be a lot more off-bal- 
ance than comes across in writing. 

The thrust-and-parry was prac- 
ticed, Kerry using the word "bet- 
ter" more times than I had the 
patience to count and Bush riding 
his terrorism hobbyhorse for all it's 
worth. What I want to talk about 
this week are the people who threw 
the party. 

The event was put together by 
the Commission on Presidential 
Debates, which was established in 
1987. It's run by former chairmen 
of the Republican and Democratic 
parties and has been responsible 
for every presidential and vice- 
presidential debate our generation 
has been old enough to under- 
stand. In fact, the Federal Elections 
Commission dismissed a com- 
plaint, filed by third-party candi- 
dates including Ralph Nader and 
Pat Buchanan, that the CPD was a 
partisan organization. 

The candidates cited their exclu- 
sion from the 2000 debates, which 

they were not even allowed to 
attend as audience members, as 
evidence that the CPD supports the 
Democrat-Republican agenda and 
is therefore violating campaign 
rules by taking the large sums of 
corporate money that fund its 
activities. The more attention I pay 
to this election and the more I infor- 
mation I dig up, the more I begin to 
understand how we as a nation get 
collectively suckered. 

Something random: I've taken 
up is listening to snippets of Rush 
Limbaugh on my way to and from 
class recently (1450 AM, Christian 
music by night and conservative 
propaganda by day as far as I can 
tell), and I heard him attacking 
Kerry because he got a haircut and 
a manicure before the debate. 
What? Rush actually used the 
words "primp" and "coiffure." I 
was flabbergasted, though I sup- 
pose I shouldn't have been. As 
though Bush wasn't rubbed down 
like a thoroughbred racehorse 
before the debate! Rush, please, for 
the good of all America, die soon. 

Letters to the Editor 

SGA President responds 
to election troubles 

Fellow Students, 

SGA faces apathy as much as 
every other organization, but 
unlike most organizations we face 
a lot of criticism and complaints. 
As your student advocate and pri- 
mary liaison to the administration, 
I would like to honestly answer 
your most frequent questions and 
respond to your complaints. I'd 
also like to inform you of what the 
SGA is able to do, what we have 
done recently, where your money 
is going, and how you can get 
involved in SGA. Originally, this 
letter was a few pages long. I have 
a lot of information for you. I 
broke my long letter into seg- 
ments, which hopefully will be 
printed every week. I will get to 
parking, the Wellness Center, 
security, and more but first I'll 
respond to the complaints about 
the voting rules of NSU elections. 

As some of you know, you must 
be a full time student, with twelve 
hours on campus, excluding inter- 
net classes, to vote in NSU elec- 
tions. The reason is that if you 
have less than twelve hours that 
are physically on the Natchitoches 
campus, you pay only $95.25 in 
Student Association Fees, opposed 
to the $134.50 that everyone else 
pays. Included in the $39.25 fee 
exclusion is the SGA fee. The 
SGA's reasoning is if you don't 
pay the SGA fee, then you should- 
n't be allowed to participate in an 
SGA activity, such as the Honor 
Court/ Class Senator Election. 
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have nine hours on campus and 
three hours on the internet, don't 
pay full Student Association Fees. 

The registrar considers internet 
classes "off campus." Students 
who live off campus and take pri- 
marily internet classes don't par- 
ticipate in student activities on 
campus. Although a student may 
be full-time, it doesn't make sense 
for an off-campus student to pay 
the full Student Association Fee. 
Those students only pay the fees 
for the services that they are most 
likely to use or be able to use, 
such as the Current Sauce, 
KNWD, theatre productions, SAB, 
the Wellness Center, etc. While a 
student who has nine on campus 
hours and one internet course is 
most likely on campus, the com- 
puter system doesn't categorize 
them with the full time students 
who have all of their classes on 
campus. However, if any student 
who falls into this category would 
like to pay the full $134.50 they 
can. The Vice-President of Student 
Affairs can arrange for the student 

to be placed with all of the on 
campus students. 

The SGA internal Affairs 
department is currently address- 
ing the problem. We are working 
out rules for students who aren't 
paying the SGA fee, but who are 
full-time students. By the spring 
election, this problem will be only 
a memory and every full time stu- 
dent should be able to vote. When 
the issue is resolved I will inform 
you of the new policy. 

If you have any problems or 
questions please see me in the 
SGA office, located on the second 
floor of the Student Union, Room 
222. We also have a few Senate 
seats available if you would like 
to get involved in the SGA. Have 
a great week. 

Mindy McConnell 
Student Government Associa- 
tion President 
(318) 357-4335 

Alumnus comments on 
Campaign 2004 

Dear Editor, 

We have arguably one of the 
most important elections of our 
lives coming up on November 
2nd. On this important day, we 
will have a choice to make. Do 
we want to "stick to our guns" or 
do we want to make a change in 
the leadership of this country? 

It boils down to this: Bush or 
Kerry? I'll stop beating around 
the bush (no pun intended) and 
let you know that my choice, and 
I believe the only smart choice we 
can make, is to elect John Kerry as 
our next president. 

John Kerry has the ability and 
the conviction to lead America in 
this new era of history. We find 
ourselves in a very different place 
than we were four years ago. 
Kerry is going to make solid deci- 
sions based upon our current situ- 
ation and using the best judgment 

of the day, not just stubbornly 
sticking to decisions made years 

We have to wonder, what 
would four more years of Bush 
bring? 1,000 more young Ameri- 
can lives lost? 2,000? How many 
families do you know that have 
been affected by this war? How 
many more will be in the future 
under Bush? 

As we send our money to 
rebuild other countries, how 
many of us are affected by poor 
conditions right here in America. 
We are watching as the American 
dream slowly slops from our 
grasp. I know several people 
close to me who have not been 
able to find good jobs and who 
are struggling everyday. In my 
work, I see people everyday that 
must choose between eating and 
taking their medicine because 
they can't afford both. 

What is it going to take before 
we stop trying to rebuild other 
countries and start trying to 
rebuild our own? 

John Kerry has given his life to 
public service, both in the military 
and in the government. Whether 
we agree with all the stands he 
has taken, we must agree that he 
has been standing up for what he 
believes in since he was a young 
man. I have not been able to find 
one instance of George W. Bush 
standing up for anything he 
believed in his entire life, until he 
decided to run for Governor of 
Texas in the 1990's. 

Let's not stay with a system that 
is not working. How many more 
wars will we fight and how much 
farther will our quality of life go 
down with four more years? It is 
time to choose, and the only rea- 
sonable choice is John Kerry for 
our next president. 


Matt Bailey 

NSU Alumnus, Spring 2003 



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Do you ever notice that once 
you start dating someone it 
seems as if you are not only dat- 
them, but their roommate or 
best friend as well? You know, 
this is the boy or girl that you are 
so into that you willingly take 
(heir closest friends out on what 
was supposed to be a romantic 
dinner for two. Instead it ends 
jp being a menage a trois that 
rill never end quite like you 
imagined in your fantasies. This 
[anger-on friend should not be 
mistaken for the casual friend, 
with whom you both hang out 
and get along. It is easy to deter- 
mine between the two. 
It is cool if you and your sig- 
nificant other have time away 
(rom each other to be with 
iiends. It is even better if you 
on hang out with each other's 
T/^Y* friends in a big group. The casu- 
al friend is one with whom you, 
is a couple, can randomly hang 
out and have a good time. In 
SAUCE in other words, they are not harm- 
ing your relationship by monop- 
olizing your loved one's time. 
However, the clingy friend is one 
who makes it so that you are 
never alone with your partner. If 
rou are forced to ponder 
whether your girl or boyfriend is 
laving a secret sexual relation- 
ihip with their friend, if you 
have to constantly physically 
move the hanger-on over so that 
jfou can sit next to your loved 
one (just once, please!), and if 
fou can not remember the last 
lime you even went on a date 
Wth your boyfriend or girlfriend 
rs that do without this person, then you 
j1 full nost definitely have a problem. 

Short of killing this person and 
letters pding their maimed bodies, 
without a P ere is n0 wa y to g et rid of this 
iriend, because like it or not this 
*rson was probably around 
frig before you and will be 
iround long after you are gone, 
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;rs that do irosecution, which some may 
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faculty or ^ tn i n 8 s y ou can do t0 be alone 
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Adless double dates - the hor- 
W So if possible, for your safety, 
y to find the friend a date your 
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to not get someone unforgiv- 
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'freme, where you were with 
"Ur loved one all the time. And 
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^ it out with this person. Let 
JjUr partner know ahead of time 
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for this conversation. So tell 
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staff or advisor- >ck ff. If not, your partner 
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Dancing the game away 

NSU hosts annual Spirit Day for high-schoolers 

Eva Sterling 

Sauce Reporter 

The sound of screaming young 
cheerleaders filled Turpin stadium 
Saturday at the NSU football game. 

High school and middle school 
spirit groups traveled from all over 
Louisiana and neighboring states 
to participate in the NSU Spirit 
Day, Saturday at the Northwestern 
vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State 
football game. Cheerleaders and 
dancers arrived on campus at 8 
a.m. to start the clinic and were 
done after the halftime show per- 

Spirit Day gives high school and 
junior high cheerleaders and dance 
teams the opportunity to perform a 
cheer and dance with NSU spirit 
groups. At this year's competition, 
each participating team came with 
a prepared dance and the chance to 
win the first place trophy in five 

Cheerleaders and dancers were 
then separated and taught different 
routines. The cheerleaders learned 
a short pom routine and cheer they 
performed pre-game with the NSU 
cheerleaders. The dance teams 
learned a routine preformed at 
halftime with the Demon Dazzlers 
and Spirit of Northwestern Band. 

Of the 475 registered partici- 

High-school dancers rehearse their routine under the inspection of a Demon Dazzler instructor. 

Chris Reich/ the Current Sauce 

pants, 360 came. 

"We had less people show up 
than we expected since it rained 
and people were traveling from out 
of town," Abraham Anthony, spon- 
sor of the Demon Dazzlers and 
Pom Pom Line, said. Each partici- 
pant ate lunch at Iberville dining 
hall and got a free water bottle. 

Spirit Day is held every year dur- 

ing football season. Letters were 
sent to spirit group sponsors in 
Louisiana and neighboring states 
inviting teams or individuals to 
participate in the free clinic. 

April Jordan, assistant director of 
high school relations, also sent 
information to newspapers in 
Louisiana and did radio spots for 
local radio stations. 

"Spirit Day is a great recruiting 
tool for Northwestern.," Jordan 
said. "For most students this is 
their first opportunity to be on our 
campus, and most seniors come 
and then come back to audition in 
the spring." 

Jordan predicted Spirit Day to be 
an even bigger success next year . 

Students back governor's position on abstinence 

Darla Williford 

Sauce Reporter 

GPA is a common acronym used 
around campus, but now it has a 
different meaning. 

The Governor's Program on 
Abstinence is a program to educate 
young adults on STDs and teen 
pregnancies. It was developed 
under the Personal Responsibility 
and Work Opportunity Reconcilia- 
tion Act of 1996 under Gov. Mike 

The federal government allots 
$50 million for the five-year pro- 
gram. The amount of money each 
state receives annually is based on 
population and teen pregnancy 

rates. Louisiana is ranked ninth in 
the nation with one of the highest 
rates and receives $1.6 million each 
year. State and local governments 
also fund the program. 

According to, 24 
percent of citizens in Natchitoches 
Parish have an STD. 

Sophomore Ragan Waites intro- 
duced GPA to NSU. Waites is a 
computer information systems and 
business administration major and 
president of NSU's GPA. 

"The purpose of GPA is to get the 
word out on campus about STD's 
and be a spokesman for the 
Women's Resource Center," Waites 
said. GPA works closely with the 
Women's Resource Center, which 

is the crisis pregnancy center in 

GPA was brought to NSU's cam- 
pus in fall 2003 and became a rec- 
ognized student organization in 
spring 2004. 

Currently, there are 10 members 
of the organization. 

"Our main goal right now is to 
get the word out about info on 
STD's and the consequences," said 
sophomore education major Cori 
Beth Gordy, vice president of GPA. 

"GPA is not a religious organiza- 
tion," Waites said. "Everyone stays 
abstinent because of the STD rate 
in Natchitoches." 

Each member of GPA signs absti- 
nence cards every year pledging to 

remain abstinent until marriage. 

"This organization is open to all 
students, it doesn't matter if you 
weren't always abstinent-you 
always have a second chance," 
Waites said. 

The main way GPA gets informa- 
tion out to students is by posting 
fliers around campus. The next 
meeting is Thursday at 6 p.m. in 
Room 107 of Fournet Hall. During 
the meetings, students come up 
with ideas for surveys to give to 
students, discuss service projects 
for the Women's Resource Center 
and get to know each other better. 

"Please participate in surveys 
and look for facts on the wall given 
by GPA," Gordy said. 

Morning-after pill: 

Important information on newest 
form of emergency contraception 

By Elizabeth Bolt 

Sauce Reporter 

The morning-after pill is a 
quick, easy form of emergency con- 
traception. It is also a source of con- 

Megan Jordan, a freshman gen- 
eral studies major, said: "I think it 
should be over the counter because 
if you need it, you need it. There's 
birth control. It's pretty much the 
same thing. It prevents you from 
being pregnant." 

While the morning-after pill has 
become a popular topic of conver- 
sation, not many people know 
what the pill is or how it actually 

According to the American Col- 
lege of Obstetricians and Gynecol- 
ogists pamphlet, the morning-after 
pill is a higher dosage of normal 
birth control pills that helps pre- 
vent pregnancy by disrupting the 
normal flow of hormones in the 
menstrual cycle. 

The two types of morning-after 
pills are made up of either a combi- 
nation of oral contraceptives con- 
taining the hormones estrogen and 
progestin or progestin alone. 

The pill is prescribed to patients 
in three forms: a combination of 
regular birth control pills contain- 
ing estrogen and progestin, a kit 
with a pregnancy test and four pills 
containing estrogen and progestin, 
or two pills with progestin only. 

The pill is given in two doses. 
The first dose must be taken within 
72 hours of unprotected sex, and 
the second dose is taken 12 hours 
after the first. 

Taking the pill may cause nau- 
sea or vomiting but it should dis- 
appear in one to two days. If vom- 
iting occurs within one hour of 
either dose, contact a doctor imme- 
diately because that dose may need 
to be repeated. 

Other side-effects include 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering allowing 
emergency contraception, the so-called morning-after pill, to be sold 
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abdominal pain and cramps, 
headache, tender breasts, dizzi- 
ness, or an irregular menstrual 

Using the pill within 72 hours of 
unprotected sex greatly reduces the 
chance of getting pregnant, but it is 
not a guarantee. The morning-after 
pill is not as effective as taking 
birth control regularly and does not 
protect against STDs. The pill will 
not work if conception has already 

A common misconception 
about the morning-after pill is that 
it is the same as the non-surgical 
abortion pill RU-486. According to 
the About Inc. website, RU-486 
causes early termination of preg- 
nancy within the first seven weeks 
after conception. It prevents the 
embryo from every being implant- 
ed in the womb. 

William Fell, sophomore politi- 
cal science major, said: "This is not 
a pro-life or pro-choice question. It 
simply has to do with whether you 
believe that people need another 
excuse to be able to have sex." 

NSU Health Services and the 
Natchitoches Women's Resource 
Center are two places that students 
can easily obtain information about 
the morning-after pill; however, 
neither facility offers the pill. 

Stephanie Campbell, director of 
health sendees, said maybe two or 
three students a semester come in 
inquiring about the pill. Because 
health services does not distribute 
the pill, students are provided with 
a list of physicians in town and 
referred to proper practitioners. 

Judy Sluppick, executive direc- 
tor of the Natchitoches Women's 
Resource Center, said that not 

many women inquire about the 
pill, but occasionally a few call in. 
She said more tend to call than 
come in person. 

"There was a time we were 
never getting calls about it, and 
now we are more and more," Slup- 
pick said. 

The center does not distribute 
the pill because they are not med- 
ically qualified to do so. 

If a woman inquires about the 
pill, they provide her with informa- 
tion on it that covers the basic facts 
of what it is and how it works. 

"They think they can just take a 
pill, but it's not that easy. We edu- 
cate them," Sluppick said. "We dis- 
tribute the truth. It's not our opin- 
ions, it's the facts." 

The Women's Resource Center 
also offers free pregnancy tests, 
birth control and information on 
sexually transmitted diseases. 

Martin Aviles, a gynecologist at 
Natchitoches Women's Care, pre- 
scribes the pill. He said he gets 
about four or five college students 
a month inquiring about the pill. 

When patients want the pill, he 
talks with them personally and 
does an interview counseling ses- 
sion which includes information on 

He does not prescribe the pill if 
there is potential for it to cause 
complications with any other med- 
ication the patient is already taking 
or if the patient has a history of 
blood clots. 

Rite Aid is the only pharmacy in 
Natchitoches that fills prescriptions 
for the morning-after pill. They 
carry the Plan B type, which costs 

The Natchitoches Health Unit 
offers Plan B to clinic patients when 
they come in for annual or medical 

Margie Gibbs, public health 
See Mornjng-after, page 6 



Boys want to 
have fun, too. 

I know that this semester I 
have neglected the guvs a little 

Well, this week, it's all about 
you! Let me do some introduc- 
tions first: back home I have a 
stylist that helps me with every- 
thing from picking out dresses 
and shoes, to choosing what col- 
ors will be the best for me each 
season. He's a personal friend of 
mine and super-great at what he 
does. He helped get me started 
modeling, many moons ago. 
Since then, he has kept his eye on 
me, letting me know when I go 
to see him what he likes and dis- 
likes about my style — then we 
have a makeover. He has a real- 
ly excellent sense of style, which 
benefits most women and men. 
Sadly, to protect his privacy (and 
to keep him to myself) I will not 
reveal his entire name in this col- 
umn (sorry!) — so I'll just call him 
Kyle X. 

I called him this past weekend 
and got a few tips just for the 
guys. Here are a few of the things 
he expressed to me with utter 
style-passion. Take Kyle's word 
for it, boys — he knows what he's 
talking about. 

As for grooming, here are 
his tips: 

-Shaving is one of the simple 
things you can do to make it look 
like you have given some 
thought to your look. The best 
time to do so is the morning 
after your shower so the warm 
water will help soften your 
beard. Razor burn can be a real 
drag but it's easy to avoid no 
matter how rough your beard is. 
Always use a sharp razor with at 
least two blades and a moveable 
head. Start with the sides of your 
face, and save your lip and neck 
for last. When you shave, you're 
actually creating your sideburns. 
You want to make sure they are 
even, so take your index finger 
and put it at the very bottom of 
your sideburn on both sides, step 
back and have a look. 

-Good grooming means wash- 
ing your hair every day, right? 
Wrong. Sometimes your hair can 
look its best on the second or 
even third day after shampoo- 

-If you don't want a "typical" 
haircut, find someone who really 
knows how to cut hair. It takes 
training and an artistic eye to 
give you a different look and 
keep it extraordinary - some- 
thing your wife or girlfriend 
can't do. 

As for fashion, Kyle says: 

-Don't be afraid of color. Big 
colors this fall are Kelly-green, 
pumpkin and almond. Many 
stores offer button-down shirts 
in these colors, and they go great 
with jeans, khakis or trousers. 
When wearing clothes, you want 
to be approachable. When you 
wear black from head to toe, you 
might look like you're part of a 
cult, which is not particularly 
welcoming. Add color, and get 
some things that are textural, 
fabrics that invite touch. 

-You don't have to wear bor- 
ing, ugly clothes just because 
you happen to big or tall. There 
are resources out there where 
you can get some good looking 
shoes and clothing for people 
who are bigger and taller, such as 
Davis' Big & Tall. It's an amazing 
resource because they sell 
designer outfits like Versace and 
Ralph Lauren. 

-A cool ball cap is a great acces- 
sory, but you do not want to look 
like a trucker at the "all-night 
adult gift emporium." Try stor- 
ing your cap with the brim 
curled in a coffee mug; that way, 
it will frame your mug nicely. 

-Everyone should have a tradi- 
tional corduroy blazer in their 
wardrobe, especially for the fall 
season. The best looks for fall 
come in navy, olive and tan. 

-You want a little break on 
your pant legs. If the back gets all 
stepped on, that is great because 
it will look worked in. 


Life — the Current Sauce — Thursday, October 7, 2004 

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feel better. Indeed, think of all 
the free time you will have once 
you stop picturing all the delight- 
ful ways to maim and dispose of 
their clingy-hanger-on hides. 

Movie Line: 


Oct. 8- 14, 2004 

Shark Tale - PG 

Mon - Fri 

7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

Sat & Sun 

2 p.m. 4:20 p.m. 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

Ladder 49 - PG-13 

Mon - Fri 

7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

Sat & Sun 

2 p.m. 4:20 p.m. 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

Taxi - PG-13 

Mon - Fri 

7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

Sat & Sun 

2 p.m. 4:20 p.m. 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 
Friday Night Lights - PG-13 

Mon - Fri 

7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

Sat & Sun 

2 p.m. 4:20 p.m. 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 


NSU Night 

Students & Faculty bring 
your NSU ID 

"Disclaimer: While this is an 
advice column, recognize that I am 
fallible. 1 am not a professional psy- 
chologist or psychiatrist, and 1 base 
my advice solely on my own personal 
experience and research that I have 
done. In other words, be aware that 
any important decisions regarding 
your life should be made by you, my 
advice is simply one viewpoint. * Have 
any questions about life, love, or sex? 
Or just disagree with her opinions? 
Tell Tallulah and send her an e-mail at 


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By Thorn LaCaze 

Sauce Reporter 

The NSU Jazz Ensemble has 
something to toot their horns 
about. This year's Jazz Concert 
Series kicks off Oct. 13 in a Count 
Basie meets Duke Ellington style. 

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in 
Magale Recital Hall and features 10 
pieces performed by the NSU Jazz 
Orchestra and the NSU Big Band. 

"This one's going to be big," said 

Galindo Rodriguez, associate pro- 
fessor of music and jazz ensemble 
director. "It will definitely be 
something to look forward to." 

The ensemble meets three times 
a week and has been preparing 
tunes from such composers and 
musicians such as Duke Ellington, 
Count Basie and Thad Jones. Some 
pieces to be showcased are "Tip- 
toe," "Jack the Bear," "Harlem Air- 
shaft," and "In a Mellow Tone." 

The group does not do it alone. 

With help from local merchants, the 
student government and the Cre- 
ative and Performing Arts Depart- 
ment, Rodriguez said he and his 
ensemble bring in at least two 
major artists each year. 

"We're excited about the line up 
of artists this year," Rodriguez said. 
"There are quite a few from New 
Orleans to Memphis to Washington 

He said that for the past seven 
years, the NSU Jazz Concert Series 

has brought in many vvell-knovvi 
artists while staying true to the ta] 
ents of Northwestern students. 

Mel Richey, senior and solo from 
bonist, said the concert on Oct. I 
will be very energetic with a vajj 
ety of styles. 

Dusty Pigg, senior trumpet play, 
er for the ensemble, said thosi 
interested should come earl 
because seats will go quickly. 

The concert is open to all 



Latest Nelly albums in stores now 

Kristi George 

Sauce Reporter 

After two successful compact 
discs, "Country Grammar" and 
"Nellyville," Nelly has made his 
hometown St. Louis proud again 
with the release of "Suit" and 

"Sweat" offers catchy dance 
songs that will stay in your head 
long after you have stopped listen- 
ing. Most of "Sweat" is sub-par, but 
there are a few gems like "Heart of 
a Champion" which uses the beat 

from the "NBA on NBC" theme 
song and "Na-nana-na," which is 
sure to be a major club hit. Unfor- 
tunately, on "River Don't Runn" 
Nelly's lyrics become ridiculous 
with rhymes like, "I hate to hate a 
hater, in fact I hate to hate, hatin' is 
hatin' you should never hate con- 
gratulate." Someone should have 
told him that "hatin"' is just as 
awful as that rhyme. 

Christina Aguilera joins in on the 
fun with a guest appearance on 
"Tilt ya' head back." Other big- 
league artists Nelly enlisted help 

from are Missy Elliot on "Playa," 
and LIT Flip on "Boy." Both would 
barely be tolerable without their 

"Suit" is by far the better of the 
two albums. Nelly shows off his 
soft side for the ladies, but it has 
something that the fellows will 
enjoy too. On "Pretty Toes," Nelly 
thanks all the fine girls around the 
world with pretty toes. When I first 
saw that Nelly collaborated with 
country singer Tim McGraw on 
"Over and Over," I was a little 
skeptical. However, this song actu- 

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his two children and how he want in' tr 
their childhood to be better thai played 
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based on immediate need, howev- 
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people who say they do not need 
or want it. Patients have to sign a 
consent form saying they want it. 

Plan B, like every family plan- 
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on a sliding fee schedule. 

They provide those who want 
it with information, hand outs and 
a chance to ask questions. They 
can also call back and speak with a 
nurse on the phone. 

"There's all kinds of education 
given to these people," Gibbs said 
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everybody on the Northwestern 
State football team Saturday as 
the 14th-ranked Demons demol- 
ww^ished Division II Oklahoma Pan- 
11 \V handle State 63-14. 

"^All our players' parents had to 
be happy" said Demons coach 
ty favorite dScott Stoker, "because every one 
tie more senjof their kids got to play." 

Northwestern (4-1) spread the 
workload throughout the roster. 
All 66 players who dressed got 
iow he wanllinto the game. No linebacker 
better thai played more than 17 snaps. Top 
end that yoi tailbacks Shelton Sampson (11 
and if yoi plays) and Derrick Johnese (13) 
seemingly made cameo appear- 

Third-team fullback C.J. Lot- 
aJ linger got in 29 snaps while 
replacing seniors Issa Banna (16) 
and Demoine Clark (17). The 
starting five-man offensive line 
played just 22 of 62 snaps. Five 
tight ends played. 

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Saturday's game against the Okla- 
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high totals of 28 carries and 141 
yards rushing, scoring a pair of 

"We took care of business, did 
what we were supposed to do 
against a team that just wasn't as 
good as us," said Stoker. "We 
played OK. We didn't execute all 
that great, but it was good to get 
a lot of young guys on tape so we 
can use it as a teaching tool. You 
need a game like that somewhere 
along the way." 

The Demons can also use the 
open date coming up this week 
to help heal an abundance of 
bumps and bruises accumulated 

since preseason practice began in 
early August. 

"The break comes at a good 
time, right before the start of our 
(Southland) conference season," 
said Stoker. "We've got to get 
some guys healed up, but at the 
same time, we have some work 
to get done this week and some 
improvements to make." 

The team will take Friday and 
Saturday off, then begin prepar- 
ing next Sunday for the SLC 
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The Way 
I See It 


It was a busy weekend 
in Demon sports as vol- 
leyball, soccer, baseball, 
football and cross country 
all played this weekend. 
Baseball did not play a 
game, but did have a 
home-run derby on Satur- 

I would like to thank the 
baseball team for the new 
baseball I picked up out- 
side the center field fence. 

This is my second free 
baseball from the NSU 
Demons, as last season I 
was lucky and picked up a 
home-run ball hit by Tig- 
ger Lyles. 

The volleyball team 
swept both opponents this 
weekend beating Lamar 
and McNeese St. at home. 

This was the Lady 
Demons fifth straight vic- 
tory which puts has NSU 
in a three-way tie for first 
place after the University 
of Texas at Arlington lost 
Tuesday night. The other 
team in the three-way tie 
is Texas State. 

If the Lady Demons 
keep up their winning 
ways, NSU might do 
something they have 
never done: have a win- 
ning season in the South- 
land Conference. 

The most games NSU 
has won in the SLC is five, 
which the Lady Demons 
posted last year under 
head coach Leigh Mullins. 

The Lady Demons have 
already won five games in 
the conference this season 
and look to win a few 

Do not pop the cham- 
pagne bottles yet; the 
Lady Demons still have to 
play Texas State twice, 
UTA once and Sam Hous- 
ton State. 

Both teams beat NSU on 
their home courts in Sep- 
tember. The Lady Demons 
have a long, winding road 
ahead of them, but I think 
they will have a record- 
breaking season. 

Former Demon football 
players also had an amaz- 
ing weekend in the NFL. 

Former cornerback Ter- 
rence McGee had a 98- 
yard kickoff return for a 
touchdown against the 
defending Super Bowl 
champion New England 

This was McGee's first 
touchdown of his young 
professional career as a 
kick off /punt returner. 

Also making news was 
former quarterback Craig 
Nail, who had a pass in 
the Green Bay Packers loss 
to the New York Giants. 
Nail threw a 24-yard com- 
pletion to Robert Fergu- 
son for his first NFL pass. 

Nail also made the jump 
to the No. 2 quarterback 
on the Packers depth chart 
after back-up quarterback 
Doug Pederson was 

Also, Packer quarter- 
back Brett Favre is hurt, so 
Nail may see some play- 
ing time in the upcoming 

NSU fans, watch Mon- 
day Night Football to see 
if Nail gets any playing 
time against the Tennessee 

Check out some soccer 
action this weekend, and 
also tune in to the Florida 
vs. LSU game as the 
mighty Gators beat the 
Tigers for consecutive sea- 
sons. You never know 
what will happen. 

Gary Hardamon / NSU Media Service 
(Top) Junior setter Flavia Belo sets up the volleyball for one of her 
Demon hitters against Lamar on Saturday. The Demons beat Lamar 
at Prather Coliseum 3-0 as NSU won their fifth game in a row. Belo 
finished with a double-double recording 11 digs and 28 assists. 
(Left) Sophomore middle blocker Janel Fisher hits the ball over the 
McNeese State middle blocker Friday night. The Demons beat 
McNeese 3-2 in five sets. 

Demons sweep at home 

By Justin Hebert 

Sauce Reporter 

The NSU Lady Demons 
Volleyball Team extended 
their school record of con- 
secutive Southland Confer- 
ence wins to five, after tak- 
ing down McNeese St. and 
Lamar this weekend in 
Prather Coliseum. 

NSU defeated McNeese 3- 
2 Friday, in front of 348 fans, 
in an amazing match that 
lasted all 5 games. 

The Lady Demons fol- 
lowed behind the young, 
hard-hitting duo of sopho- 
more Janel Fisher, who 
totaled 17 kills, and fresh- 
man Whitney King, who 
had 16. 

Head coach Leigh Mullins 
said she believes their suc- 
cess is attributed to how 
closely knit the Lady 
Demons team is. 

"I give it all to team 
unity," Mullins said. "We 
are a true family on and off 
of the court." 

NSU turned around and 
did it again Saturday after- 
noon blanking the Lamar 
Cardinals 3-0 in Turpin, 
improving to 9-7 overall 
and 5-2 in the SLC. 

The Lady Demons used 
13 kills and a .500 hitting 
percentage from junior 
Isabela Duarte and an 11 dig 
and 28-assist performance 
from junior Flavia Belo. 

Mullins says she was 

impressed with her team's 
ability to win such a tough 
game Friday night and still 
have enough for another 

"It really showed a lot for 
them to play five Friday 
and turn around and win 3- 
on Saturday," Mullins 

The Lady Demons look to 
extend their consecutive 
league-winning streak to six 
when they take on the Texas 
State Bobcats away, Friday 
at 7:30 p.m. 

With the two teams at the 
top of the SLC, Mullins said 
she believes this will be a 
big game for her team. 

"It's going to be a dog- 
fight," Mullins said. 

Gary Hardamon / NSU Media Service 
Freshman outside hitter Whitney King hits the ball past McNeese St. 

NSU loses to SFA at Soccer Complex 

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Gary Hardamon / SSU Media Service 

Junior midfielder Stephanie Miller tries to kick the ball past the 
McNeese State defender. The Demons won the soccer match up 3-2. 

By Flavia Belo 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU women's soccer fell 
short to Stephen F. Austin 
with a goal scored by the 
Ladyjacks in overtime last 
Sunday at the Demons Soc- 
cer Complex. 

SFA, 8-3-1 overall and 5-0 
in the Southland Conference, 
was led by goalkeeper 
Natascia Michalezki, who 
had a strong performance 
with four saves. 

Lady Demons' goalkeeper, 
sophomore Krystle Donald- 
son played strong and had 
two saves and nearly saved 
SFA's Lauren Matkin's per- 
fectly placed kick into the 
upper left corner of the net. 

Junior defender Ashley 
Hadley said that even 
though they lost, the team 
did many positive things. 

"It could have gone either 
way. It was a tough match," 
Hadley said. "It was one of 
the best matches we had 

played so far. It was the first 
time we played the full 90 
minutes hard. It was 

Senior middle-fielder 
Danielle Thomas said the 
Lady Demons played hard. 

"After the match we were 
emotionally drained because 
we thought we deserved to 
win," Thomas said. 

The Lady Demons will try 
to bounce back against 
Southeastern on Friday. 

Thomas said that they 
expect a tough match. 

"Southeastern is very 
physical," Thomas said. 
"They run a good offense." 

Hadley said that they are 
expecting a great crowd for 
the upcoming match. 

"It is exciting playing in 
front of lots of people," 
Hadley said. 

The contest between NSU 
and Southeastern will be on 
Friday night, under the 
lights at 7 p.m. at the Demon 
Soccer Complex. 

NSU 3, MSU 2 

Sports Information 

The NSU Demons kept 
pace with the top teams in 
the Southland Conference 
soccer race Friday night with 
a dramatic 3-2 win over 
heated-rival McNeese State. 

Erin Hebert scored the 
game-winner 34 seconds 
after McNeese tied the game 
2-2 with four minutes left in 
regulation. The Lafayette 
freshman also scored NSU's 
first goal, giving the Demons 
a 1-0 halftime lead. 

Natalie Waguespack 
helped NSU retake the lead 
in the 79th minute on a long 
shot from in front of the 
Demon bench. 

NSU outshot the Cowgirls 
21-14 in the game, including 
a 12-3 advantage in the first 

Cross Country teams fall at home meet 

Sports Information 

avenged a home meet loss to 
Northwestern State's 
women's team, ending the 
Lady Demons' two-meet 
winning string, and the ULL 
men completed a sweep of 
the team titles by the Ragin' 
Cajuns at the NSU Cross 
Country Invitational in 
unseasonably cold and wet 
conditions Monday after- 


Thunderstorms ushered in 
a 20-degree drop in tempera- 
tures and delayed the start of 
the meet by 20 minutes, but 
the hilly path at the Demon 
Hills Golf Course handled 
the rain well and times were 
quick in the nine-team meet. 

ULL's men had all five 
scoring runners in the top 11 
while the Lady Cajuns did 
their scoring in the top 13 

The host Lady Demons 
ran second with four of their 

top five runners finishing in 
the top U. 

The Lady Demons were 
once again paced by Abby 
Solomon, who finished in 
fifth place overall (24:05:9), 
trailed immediately by team- 
mate Breeka Johnson 

NSU newcomer Ruth 
Kinyanjui took eighth in 
24:56.9 and Lesley Lambert 
was 11th with a 25:01.4 
clocking. Marci Ward 
capped the scoring card for 
Northwestern with a 26:32.5 

time for 25th. 

The Northwestern 
were led by Jeff . 
whose 27:08 time was 14th 
Other Demon scorers 
Aaron Heflin (32nd, 
Phillip Hattaway 
31:22.2), Gideon 
(47th, 31:24.5), and Andrew 
Newman (52nd, 33:13.7) 

Northwestern will 
action again on Oct 
Beaumont, Texas, 
Lamar Invitational, 
hosts the NSU Tri-Meet on 
Friday, Oct. 22. 



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Demons climb 
in polls, wins 

After cruising to a 63- 
rout of Division II Okjj 
homa Panhandle State o 
Saturday, Northwester 
State jumped to No. 11 j 
both major Division 
Top 25 football pol 
released Monday whil 
Greg Skid more, Josh Bu 
ton, Jamall Johnson an 
Brook Adams gave NSU 
sweep of Southland Confa 
ence "player of the weeli 

Skidmore won the SLC , 
award for top offensiv 
player after rushing 
career-high totals of 14 
yards on 28 carries, scorir CrinM 
two touchdowns. CM y 1 1 

The 5-7, 165-pound so] 
omore from Baton Rouj 
Catholic, the Demons' N 
tailback, posted his seed 
career 100-yard game. 

Burton took the SL 
defensive player of 
week award after makjj 
10 tackles in only 15 plays 

A second-team senfl 
linebacker from Bossj 
City- Airline, the 6-1, 2C 
pound Burton had a tad! 
and a half for lost yards a 
NSU limited Oklahora 
Panhandle to only six fin 
downs and 143 total yard* 

Johnson, a 6-0, 210-poun 
senior linebacker froi 
LaPlace, and Adams, a 6^ 
189-pound sophomore safl 
ty from Marrero-Archbisl 
op Shaw, combined to giv 
the Demons their thill 
touchdown and won th 
SLCs award for sped 
teams play. 

Johnson blocked a purt I 
the second blocked punt i 
as many seasons for run 
and Adams returned it 1 
yards for a 21-0 first-quart 

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for the fourth straight wet 
and earned its highest sp 
in the rankings so far th 
season in both the Spoil 
Network's media votui 
and the ESPN /USA TodH 
coaches' balloting. 

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crowd next weekend for tt 
Saturday, Oct. 16 Nortl The Pot 
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State football showdown 
Turpin Stadium, NSU oft 
cials are encouraging fans] indicators 
purchase game tickets earl ( )0oks thn 

Less than 100 reserve 

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available as of VVednesda 

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general admission ticket ^i^j^j. 

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Thursday, October 14, 2004 
Volume 90 • Issue 10 

Students serving students at 
Northwestern State University since 1914 

First copies free to NSU students and staff 
50 cents per copy otherwise 

Sauce on the Side 

tern (4-1) wo 

English professor receives grant 

Julie Kane, associate 
professor of English, was 
the recent recipient of a 
Louisiana Division of the 
Arts Artist Mini-Grant for 

Kane said she submitted 
a formal proposal in order 
to receive the $500 grant. 
The proposal included a 
manuscript of 10 poems 
from the last five years 
and a narrative of goals 
for the grant's use. 

Julie Kane 

Kane said she plans to use the grant money to help 
pay for a trip to the West Chester Poetry Conference 
held every June in West Chester, Pa. 

The conference is a gathering of poets and scholars 
who study contemporary formal poetry. 

Kane has recently been working on poetry and liter- 
ary criticisms and is an associate editor of the Long- 
man Anthology of Southern Literature. She studied 
English at Cornell University, earned her master's in 
creative writing at Boston University and obtained her 
doctorate from LSU. 

Chris Rodrigues and Kyle A. Carter 

Potpourri wins national award 

The 2004 Potpourri yearbook received first place in a 
national contest for scholastic yearbooks, magazines 
h tr i ht wed ancl news P a P ers - It; also received an award for out- 
•^l 31 ? l _ standing overall photography, 
its highest sjx 

ngs so far thi 

The American Scholastic Press Association sponsored 
oth the Sponlthe contest. The yearbook was judged in the areas o,f 

media votin 
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weekend for tii 
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content preservation, general page design, general 
photography, publication structure and creativity. 

Darla Williford, editor in chief of this year's Potpourri 
said: "I was happy to hear that last year's yearbook 
won such big awards. I definitely have big shoes to fill. 

Claire Mayeux, this year's assistant editor said she 
was excited when she found out the news. 

'All of our work last year paid off in an exceptional 
way," she said. 

The Potpourri received 895 points out of a possible 
State-McNeestlOOO with a perfect score in the creativity category. 

11 showdown f Steve Hortori( nead of the journalism department, 
ium, NSL on ^ the s c h | asr j c p re ss Association awards are strong 
ouraging tans indicators f now the Potpourri compares to other year- 
me tickets earl books throughout the United States, 
l 100 reserve 

seats remai Samantha Foley 

of Wednesda 

undreds of si Theater department to present 
^TMedea" and "Oedipus Rox" 

the 15,971-seal 

ium on the eai The the theater department will present "Medea" and 
i as the studei 'Oedipus Rox" by Mike Yionoulis Oct. 20-23 at 7:30 
1 the west sid P-tn. in the A. A. Fredericks Auditorium. 

Oedipus Rox is a loose adaptation of the Greek classic 
time McXeei "Oedipus Rex." The play is a rock musical in the genre 
furpin Stadiufl of "Rocky Horror Picture Show" and "Little Shop of Hor- 
matchup of tt ^ „ 

ivals dre 
rowd of 17; 
largest to art 
game for 

stern (4-1) 
a in Division 
polls this w 
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se begins Soul 

1edea" centers on the conflict between passion and 
sason. Written in a contemporary style, accentuated 
Yionoulis' hard-driving music, the play promises to 
stimulating to the eyes, ears and soul. 

For ticket information, call (318) 357-5814. 

Courtesy NSU News Bureau 

C to show political programs 

The Louisiana Scholars' College will show Michael 
loore's Fahrenheit 911 on Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 

lea # hnefc 

rence play as ^ rf Morrison Hall. The program will be followed by a 

bringing a 

discussion featuring Greg Granger, acting director 
°f the Louisiana Scholars' College, Alex Aichinger, associ- 

winmn S stre ' at e professor of political science and Rocky Colavito, 
itest. Both tean|( lead Qf thg Department of Language and Communic 




is week, 
e is also the 1 

Northwestern George W. Bush: Faith in the White House will be 

cel^own on Oct. 28 followed by a panel discussion featur- 
'ig James Picht, assistant professor of economics, John 
Dnal cable spor 1 ^ster, assistant professor of speech and LSMSA teacher 
CSTV (Collej tadney Allen. 

vision) will tel< A|| jnterested persons are inv jted to attend, 
j.m. contest n& 

Off to a rockin' start 

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The Molly Ringwalds perform a synchronized dance while they play the 80s hit "Come on Eileen" in 
front of the Student Union Monday. They performed at the Homecoming Kick Off party sponsored by 
the Student Activities Board. The Molly Ringwalds performed at last year's homecoming festivities, 
and according to the SAB, they were invited back this year due to popular demand. 

Regents cut 
three degree 

By April Dickson 

Sauce Reporter 

After an extensive evalua- 
tion, the governing board for 
all the state universities, the 
Board of Regents, decided to 
discontinue the anthropolo- 
gy, social sciences and med- 
ical technician degree pro- 
grams at NSU. 

Every few years, the Board 
of Regents applies a formula 
to each degree program at 
every state university com- 
paring the cost of maintain- 
ing the program, to the num- 
ber of graduates in each pro- 
gram. If the number of pro- 
gram completers is below the 
state's standards, that pro- 
gram is placed under review 
for discontinuation. 

Anthony Scheffler, vice 
president of academic affairs, 
said the low completion 
review is used "to see if there 
are enough people finishing 
those programs to justify 
those programs existing." 

University President Ran- 
dall Webb said he does not 
like when NSU loses any aca- 
demic program, but there 
was simply not enough stu- 
dent demand for these pro- 

Any student who has 
already declared a major in 
any of the ceasing programs 
will still be able to complete a 
degree. However, no one will 
be allowed to declare those 
areas as majors starting this 

Resource center 
opens in Watson 

Unlimited color copying provided to 
students; other services in the works 

By Savanna Mahaffey 

Sauce Reporter 

The Student Government 
Association and the Student 
Technology Center have 
planned to open a student 
resource center. 

The center will be in the 
rear of the Watson Library 
computer lab. It will include 
free access to a color copier, 
fax machine, laminating 
machine and binding 

Free printing services are 
currently available from 8 
a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, 
but the other services will not 
be offered until the end of the 
fall semester. 

The printing services allow 
students to make free unlim- 
ited copies or to print infor- 
mation from the lab's com- 

Copyrighted information, 

tests and quizzes may not be 

SGA President Mindy 
McConnell said the resource 
center will be valuable to stu- 
dents because many teachers 
require them to make copies, 
and they have to spend their 
own money. 

"I'm a political science 
major, and I have to go every 
week and pick up copies from 
the Ink Spot and Mail Boxes 
and pay $3 here and there," 
McConnell said. "Three dol- 
lars doesn't seem like a lot of 
money, but it's still aggravat- 
ing, and I think students will 
really appreciate the free 

Funding for the center 
comes from student technolo- 
gy fees. SGA has budgeted 
$20,000 to supply materials 
such as copy paper and lami- 
nating material to the stu- 

"We put the resource center 

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A new free printing service for students was introduced in Watson 
Library this fall. Students now have access to unlimited color copy- 
ing. Free faxing, laminating and binding will be added soon. 

in our budget, and we had to 
sit down and estimate how 
much materials the students 
could use," McConnell said. 
"Everything is going to be 
unlimited at first. We'll see 
how it goes before we set lim- 

McConnell said that if the 
budgeted money runs out, 
the services will be post- 
poned until the budget can be 

The resource center must 
be used for academic purpos- 
es, so organizations are not 
allowed to use the free 

Whether or not something 
is academic will be at the dis- 
cretion of student workers. If 
a student worker cannot 
determine whether a stu- 
dent's request is reasonable, 
the teacher of the class will be 

In order to access resources, 
students must present their 
current NSU student ID 

A student worker will be 
present to record names and 
use of the resources. All users 
and uses will be documented 
to ensure that the services are 
not being abused. 


All of the faculty and staff 
from these departments will 
be moved to teaching and 
working positions in other 

"We really don't have any 
faculty or instructors that are 
just so narrow that they can 
only teach in one area," 
Scheffler said. 

Webb said not all classes 
offered in these programs 
will be discontinued. Several 
classes in these departments 
will still be offered to com- 
plete other degrees, as elec- 
tives or as courses contribut- 
ing to a concentration in a 
general studies degree. 

NSU will not lose any state 
funding as a result of the pro- 
gram cuts. 

"What the board often 
does, and did for us, is they'll 
say 'why don't you go ahead 
and let us discontinue tir 
one, but let us help you cr- 
ate something else,'" Schef- 
fler said. He said when pro- 
grams are cut, the school use 
those discontinuations as an 
initiative to create a new, 
more current and relevant 

"We just don't want to get 
stale. Things change," Schef- 
fler said. "Degrees come in, 
degrees go out, but new 
degrees come on too. It's not 
about cutting, it's about 
growing and maturing and 
meeting the needs of the 

SGA axes 



By Victoria Smith 

Sauce Reporter 

A proposal to limit stu- 
dent and faculty parking at 
NSU failed at Monday's 
SGA meeting. 

Student Affairs Commis- 
sioner Matthew Bartley pro- 
posed a resolution restrict- 
ing the vehicles of NSU 
commuters, residents and 
faculty members to specific 
lots between the hours of 7 
a.m. and 3 p.m. Residents 
would be required to leave 
their cars in parking lots 
adjunct to their respective 
residence halls, and upper- 
classmen commuters would 
be assigned parking lots 
specific to their majors. 
Underclassmen commuters 
would be required to park at 
Prather Coliseum. 

The resolution has 
already been passed by the 
University Traffic and Park- 
ing committee and is 
designed to decrease the 
number of cars moving on 

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News — the Current Sauce — Thursday, October 14, 2004 

NSU Police Blotter 

4:20 a.m. 

A resident of Rapides called 
saying his roommate needed an 
ambulance. Two officers and para- 
medics were en route. He was 
given breathing treatment and 
transported to the hospital. 
8:13 a.m. 

Paramedics were en route to 
LSMSA for a medical emergency. 
8:56 a.m. 

There was a call from Bien- 
venu Hall in reference to a hurt 
student in Room 112. 
3:19 p.m. 

Apartment 924 of the Columns 
was broken into. Two officers 
were dispatched to make a report. 

7:20 p.m. 

The fire alarm at Boozman was 
going off. An officer and fire 
department members were en 
route. The alarm was going off 
because of a microwave on the 
second floor. 
10:35 p.m. 

There was a report of a possi- 
ble fight outside of Sabine. 

4:58 p.m. 

Someone from the sheriff's 
department called to notify cam- 
pus police that a woman was in 
labor on the second floor of Kyser. 


3:15 a.m. 

Brown's Security called to 
advise that the alarm at the book- 
store was going off. Everything 
was OK. 


2:26 a.m. 

There was a report of a possi- 
ble fight outside of building four 
at the Columns. 
2:36 a.m. 

Some men sneaked into Sabine 
after hours. Staff was able to get 
two out but needed assistance 
with locating the rest. 
2:44 a.m. 

There was a call from Prud- 
homme Hall regarding a large 
group of people who laid a tarp on 
the baseball held and were sliding 
down it and making a lot of noise. 
It was LSMSA students. They took 

off running when they saw offi- 
cers and hopped the fence. 
7:10 a.m. 

A call was received from 
Iberville requesting assistance for 
a female student who was possi- 
bly having a seizure. Paramedics 
were en route. 
4:12 p.m. 

A woman reported a possible 
wreck in front of Kyser and 
warned it may turn in to a dispute. 


10:17 a.m. 

There was a wreck on Jeffer- 
son. A vehicle rolled over in to 
Chaplain's Lake across from the 
tennis courts. Both passengers got 
out OK. It took three wreckers to 
get the vehicle out. 
10:29 p.m. 

A call was received reporting 
that there were high school stu- 
dents drinking at the tennis 
courts. The city police department 
took the call. Beer cans were 
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campus between classes. 

Sen. Jerry Whorton said: "We're 
limiting where students can park. If 
vou have less than 60 hours you're 
going to have to park at the colise- 
um. I know we can say to bring an 
umbrella or a poncho, but right 
now this campus does not have a 
mass form of transportation." 

The increasing number of stu- 
dents attending NSU has put a 


strain on commuters trying to find 
a place to park. 

SGA President Mindy 
McConnell said: "There are more 
commuters at NSU that commuter 
parking spots." 

If underclassmen commuters 
were restricted to the coliseum 
parking lot, the commuter lots by 
each major building will be less 
congested, she said. 

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away because there are enougj 
spots to park," McConnell said. J 

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Student Life Committee. 

District judge candidate visits NSU 

By Lora Sheppard 

Opinions Editor 

Dee Ann Hawthorne, candidate 
for 10th district judge, visited NSU 
Monday to introduce herself and 
her platform. 

The 61 -year-old Louisiana native 
and alumna of NSU received her 
law degree at LSU in 1985. She is 
the president of Court Appointed 
Special Advocates, a member of the 
Domestic Violence Education and 
Support group and is a past board 
member of several organizations 

including the Natchitoches-North- 
western Symphony Society. 

She said that after receiving her 
law degree she practiced commer- 
cial law, usually in the courtroom, 
representing both plaintiffs and 

Her practice evolved into crimi- 
nal and domestic law, which she 
has been practicing for the past 10 
years, as well as being a Family 
Law Mediator. 

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ple," she said. "I really want to 
make a difference/' 

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that every side of a case is impoi 
tant. She said she believes in con 
sistency and will treat everyon 

Hawthorne's opponent, Georg 
C. Celles IV will come to NSU q 
Monday at 4 p.m. to introduce him 
self, speak and open the floor fa 
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T.U.M.F Week 

Attention all journalism 
majors: Journalists Unifying to 
Make Progress Week will take 
place Oct. 18-21. 

Monday: NABJ Day: Speaker 
Nordia Hi'ggins of KSLA-TV 
Channel 12. 

Tuesday: SPJ Day: Speaker 
Rod Richardson, managing edi- 
tor of The Shreveport Times. 

Wednesday: PRSSA Day: 
Michael Thompson, Corp. PR 
and Speakers Bureau of the New 
Orleans Hornets. 

For more information call 357- 

Photography Club 

The photography club has 
weekly meetings on Monday at 7 
p.m. in Room 205 in the CAPA 

The meetings are open to all 


Attention RSOs, the SGA is 
awarding $600 in competitive 
grants to organizations perform- 
ing a service to the students or 
enhancing the University's repu- 
tation as a whole. 

Applications are due Oct. 15 in 
Room 214 of the Student Union. 
Contact the SGA in Room 222 or 
■ call 357-4501 for applications and 
further details. 

Native American Student and 
Faculty Association 

Meetings are Thursdays at 7 
p.m. in Room 316 of the Student 
Union. For more information 
call Michael Ashworth at (318) 

The Wesley Foundation 

Come and worship on 
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small group. Visit our building 
on College Ave. across from the 
Alumni Center or call us at 352- 
2888. The Foundation is now a 
hot spot for wireless Internet. 


The American Chemical Soci- 
ety (ACS) will host its monthly 
Texas Hold Em Tournament Oct. 
27. $5 multiple buy-ins begins at 
6 p.m. at the Rec Center on the 
by-pass. First Place is $100 
CASH with smaller cash prizes 
for second, third and fourth 
place. For more information 

"Celebrate America" 

Come join fellow Americans as 
we celebrate the freedom we 
have in our great nation and help 
us honor those who have served 
our country! "Celebrate Ameri- 
ca" will be held in Magale Recital 
Hall located in the CAPA Build- 
ing on Oct. 29, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. 

FREE patriotic goodies to the 
first 150 people and door prizes 
drawn throughout the program! 
Event sponsored by Phi Mu 
Alpha Sinfonia and Sigma Alpha 
Iota Music Fraternities. 

Emerg in g Leaders 

Emerging leaders meetings 
will be held Oct. 18, 20, and 25 
from 5:30 to 8 p.m. There will be 
door prizes at each session. T- 
shirts will be given to students 
who attend all three nights. 


The Student Technology Advi- 
sory Team (STAT) has allocated 
$200,000 to fund departmental 
and individual grants, awarded 
on a competitive basis, which 
advance the teaching or learning 
process within the mission of the 

All grants are due by Oct. 29th. 
Contact Jennifer Long in the 
library for an application or call 
357-6482 for more information. 

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By Karen Thames 

Sauce Reporter 

College students are faced with 
difficult schedules and demanding 
dasses, so almost every student 
needs help sometimes. 

Any student who is currently 
enrolled for academic credit at 
NSU can receive tutoring assis- 
tance through the Learning Center 
at the University College. 

The Learning Center provides 
resources that can help students 
having difficulties, as well as stu- 
dents who just want to do their 
best in a course. These services are 
free of charge. 

Ashley Dunham, senior chem- 
istry major, said: "By being a tutor 
I get to see how it helps the people 
I work with make better grades. I 
would recommend tutoring to any- 
one because it really does work." 

Tutors work in Room 237 of 
Kyser Hall, Monday through Fri- 
day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Almost every core subject, along 
with major and minor courses, is 
covered by a tutor. Tutoring ses- 

sions start at the beginning of each 
semester and are provided through 
the end of final exams. Students 
can also request additional tutor- 
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Learning Center Coordinator 
Jeremy Thomas said there are 
approximately 20 tutors on hand at 
almost any time of the day ready to 
help with any subject. 

Keeping up with studies and 
being proactive can help students 
seek help before it is too late. 

Tutors can help with homework 
problems, paper writing, exam 
preparation, and can explain gen- 
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Sara Burling, sophomore radio- 
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By Patrick Feller 

Sauce Reporter 

When students 
were asked who 
among them had a 
basic understand- 

■ m g 01 th e public's 

■ right to know, 
many hands staved 


Linda Lightfoot, executive edi- 
tor of The Advocate, a newspaper in 
Baton Rouge, asked the question. 
She made her first appearance at 
NSU Oct. 7 to speak about 
Louisiana's Freedom of Informa- 
tion laws. 

"The foundation for these laws 
is the idea that the government 
belongs to the people," Lightfoot 
said. "We elect people, put people 
in office that represent us, and we 
have a right to know the manner 
in which they represent us." 

One of the topics she discussed 
was the public's right to informa- 
tion versus national security. 

"People want to take advantage 
of national security concerns and 
write laws broader than they need 
to be," Lightfoot said. "Those liv- 
ing in certain communities may 
not be able to get certain informa- 
tion about the things they need." 

Much of Lightfoot's presenta- 
tion focused on government offi- 
cials who pass laws about infor- 
mation sharing yet "oftentimes do 

"We elect people, put people 
in office that represent us, 
and we have a right to know 
the manner in which they 
represent us." 

Linda Lightfoot 

Executive editor The Advocate 

not realize that they are going to 
have negative effects." 

Lightfoot has worked to rectify 
this problem and is a board mem- 
ber of the National Freedom of 
Information Coalition, a group 
who educates public officials 
about such laws and their conse- 

The NSU chapter of the Society 
of Professional Journalists spon- 
sored the seminar. The chapter's 
president, Tasha Braggs, said that 
the public's right to know is a 
paramount issue. 

"That's why we put this thing 
together," Braggs said. "It's a real 
prominent issue that we felt was 
important for people to under- 

Lightfoot also had some parting 
words of advice for NSU students. 

"The important thing for college 
students to decide is that I'm 
going to be a citizen who cares 
about my community and country 
and participates in its affairs," 
Lightfoot said. 

Fiber optic network 
updated on campus 

Buildings to be rewired by spring semester 

By Ashley Gordon 

Sauce Reporter 

Uploading software to comput- 
ers around the campus will be sim- 
pler due to a fiber optics project in 
progress this semester. Several 
buildings around the campus will 
be rewired to allow computers to 
communicate on one system. 

NSU was one of the schools that 
competed for Capital Outlay fund- 
ing, which allows colleges and uni- 
versities to do major renovations. 

Director of Technical Services 
Tracy Brown said that the NSU has 
been looking into the program 
since 1990, but did not receive 
funding until 1999. 

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to make a redundant loop. 

Brown said there are four phases 
of the project and the second phase 
will start soon. It will involve 
rewiring the insides of Fournet 
Hall, Bienvenu Hall, and the 
Health and PE Majors' Building. 

Fiber optic cables are used to 
transmit data throughout the .net- 
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By 3. Aaron 
"Q" Brown 

The grim 
reaper has come 
for Bush's presi- 
dency, and his 
name is Charles 
A. Duelfer. For those of you 
who missed it, the CIA's special 
advisor on Iraqi WMDs released 
his report about a week ago, 
having found no evidence that 
Saddam was attempting to con- 
struct nukes, bioweapons or 
chemical warheads. In fact, the 
Duelfer report pretty much 
undermines everything the Bush 
regime has told us about our 
reasons for going to war. The 
report reaches the conclusion 
that everyone already knows: 
Saddam was biding his time in 
an attempt to get sanctions lift- 
ed, trying to strike a bargain for 
every concession he made to the 
United Nations, and hoping to 
avoid losing face in front of the 
world. Let's look at some of the 
more enlightening findings. 

After the initial invasion, sol- 
diers found two trailers suppos- 
edly intended for use as mobile 
germ warfare labs, which, in the 
wake of our failure to find any- 
thing we could claim constituted 
a "weapon of mass destruction," 
Cheney called the "definitive 
evidence" of Iraqi duplicity. 
Duelfer, however, has deter- 
mined that these trailers were 
intended for generating hydro- 
gen, exactly as the Iraqis 
claimed all along, and a British 
bioweapons expert who inspect- 
ed them on-site said they didn't 
even look like germ labs. The 
report found no evidence of 
SCUD-variant missiles with a 
range exceeding the U.N. -man- 
dated limit of 150 km, and it 
states over and over again that 
Saddam was awaiting the end of 
the sanctions (which Bush 
claims were doing no good) to 
reconstitute his weapons pro- 
grams. In his testimony to the 
Armed Services Committee, 
Duelfer even pointed out that 
after the Gulf War in 1991, Sad- 
dam's advisers told him he 
needed to restart his nuclear 
program and he declined, citing 
the volatility of Iraq's interna- 
tional relations as a reason to 
put such plans on hold. 

So has Bush been playing pol- 
itics with something as serious 
as American lives? Are we per- 
haps spreading something a lit- 
tle more sinister than freedom 
and democracy? Well, the 
report only talks about the facts, 
leaving domestic political issues 
to the politicians and pundits, 
but when we're told a week 
before war that the country 
we're about to attack has 
attempted to buy uranium and 
then told a week after invasion 
that this information was a mis- 
take, it looks awfully suspicious. 
When Pakistani officials hold a 
press conference to announce an 
al-Qaeda capture two hours 
before Kerry's convention 
speech but at midnight by Pak- 
istan's clock, it looks suspicious, 
and when the "definitive evi- 
dence" of Iraqi wrongdoing 
turns out to be a hydrogen pro- 
duction facility, it looks suspi- 
cious. Hey, I bet it will look 
even more suspicious when the 
government produces Osama 
bin Laden's body in the month 
right before the election. 

This week's "Ridiculous Lim- 
baugh Moment": on Monday, 
Rush jumped on Kerry for (get 
this) the name of the band that 
played at his wedding reception. 
It seems the band was called the 
French Millionaires, which is 
outrageous because.... Well, I 
think it has something to do 
with Kerry's bride being 
wealthy, but I can't remember 
what convoluted path Rush took 
to make it offensive. Also, a 
quote from the show I'd like to 
share: "Fear can be a motivator. 
If that's what does it for you, 
that's good. I want you to be 
afraid." Rush himself saying he 
wants to scare you into comply- 
ing with the Republican agenda. 
Why, why, why is this man 
allowed to breathe my air? 

J. Aaron Brown is a senior 
Louisiana Scholars' College 
student. His opinions do not 
necessarily represent the Sauce 
staff or the University. 

Trapped by labels 

By Justin 

Do you ever won- 
der why there are so 
many undecided 
voters? American 
voters have very few options on the 
ballot. They can either vote for one 
of the two major candidates or cast 
a protest vote for one of the minor 
parties. With so few options, why 
does it take so many people so long 
to make up their minds? 

As far as I can see, there are two 
major reasons. The first is a sense 
of betrayed brand loyalty. Many 
Americans vote for the same party 
their parents did or for the party 
they usually vote for without really 
digging into the issues. People 
build up a loyalty and a familiarity 
with one party or another and stick 
with them no matter what. How- 
ever, sometimes political parties 
change fundamental aspects of 
their platforms. These major 
changes often make people ques- 
tion their loyalty. The biggest 

By Savanna 

Lately, it's no fun 
to go outside. The 
weather is miser- 
able. If it doesn't 
make me sick, it 
will probably cause me to break 
an arm or a leg. 

Anytime there is a puddle or a 
slippery surface, some freakish 
unexplainable magnetism in my 
body pulls me to it. If an air condi- 
tioner leaks, I slip in its drippings. 
If soap spills in a bathtub, I find 
myself bruised from hitting the 
faucet or the tub. Worst of all, if it 
rains, I will slip on concrete, 
asphalt, grass, dirt and even grav- 

The other day, I was walking 

Student responds 

to Shatwell's last column 

Dear Editor, 
I would like to congratulate 
Mr. Shatwell on a job well done. 
His column in last week's paper 
was very well written. You can tell 
he is a very intelligent person. I 
think Mr. Shatwell should look 
into politics as a career, because, 
he is apparently very good at dou- 
ble talk. He wrote five paragraphs 
of well-written material, yet he 
basically made no relevant point. I 
have one question, Mr. Shatwell. 
Do you write speeches for John 

Basically here is what I gath- 
ered from his article. Mr. Shatwell 
is "deeply disturbed", this should 
come as no surprise, I suspect that 
all liberals are. He supports gay 
marriages but doesn't want to talk 
about that because he already 
knows how the majority of 
Louisiana feels about that topic 
and knows he is on the losing 
side. Some how the majority is 
supposed to abandon their own 
beliefs to support the ideas of the 
minority, because they are the 
minority. The majority of the pop- 
ulation doesn't have ownership of 
the country, however the minority 
should. Lastly if I stretch it a little I 
can deduct that my remarks were" 
troubling" however the name call- 
ing and stereotyping that his fel- 
low Scholars College student had 
to resort was not troubling. Some- 
thing seems fishy here. 

I will not apologize for being a 
member of the majority. Why 
should we as the majority have to 
bend to accommodate the beliefs 
of the minority, while they refuse 
to bend to any of our beliefs? Mr. 
Shatwell makes the statement that 
all the members of our govern- 

example of this today is the Repub- 
lican acceptance of deficit spend- 
ing, a matter that has many hard 
core fiscal conservatives on edge. 
In such circumstances, people are 
faced with the question of whether 
the violation of this one belief is 
cause enough to betray their loyal- 
ty to their party and defect to the 
competing party, which they have 
spent the majority of their life vili- 
fying. This is a difficult choice, and 
I can understand the need for time. 

The second major reason 
arises from the first. People who 
are disaffected with their party 
only have one real alternative. Two 
parties are not nearly enough 
choice in such a complicated politi- 
cal system. The Democrats and 
Republicans tend to position them- 
selves on opposite sides of the 
thousands of political issues that 
dominate America today. General- 
ly, the Republicans take the stances 
seen as "conservative" and the 
Democrats take the stances seen as 
"liberal." However, the world is 
not so simple that it can be divided 

down the middle. There are thou- 
sands of political issues in America 
today. The two party system tries 
to split the issues into two package 
sets of stances and asks us to vote 
on which we prefer. 

This can cause major problems 
for some voters. For the sake of 
argument, we can generalize politi- 
cal issues into two groups, social 
and fiscal. The parties tend to field 
candidates that take the liberal or 
conservative stance on both sets. In 
this system, very different issues 
are tied together and put under the 
same label. This system greatly 
limits our political choice. After all, 
what about valuing a small govern- 
ment has to do with disagreeing 
with abortion. What does an inter- 
est in a strong welfare state have to 
do with allowing gay marriages. 
Americans are more complex than 
the government gives us credit for. 
Many of us are socially liberal and 
fiscally conservative, or socially 
conservative and fiscally liberal. 
Who do these people vote for? No 
matter which party they choose, 

they will disagree with half of the 
platform. They are faced with the 
difficult decision of choosing what 
set of issues they value more, fiscal 
or conservative. We are the oldest 
democracy in the modern world, so 
surely we can offer more choice 
than this. 

Undecided voters take so long to 
vote because they slip between the 
cracks in our political system and 
are confronted with its horrible 
flaws. They take so long because 
for them they are not choosing the 
leader they want in office, they are 
voting for the politician they think 
will do less harm to the issues they 
care about. Our system desperate- 
ly needs to be reformed. I will field 
some suggestions in the coming 
weeks, and I hope that my readers 
will join me in debate and discus- 
sion on the topic. 

Justin Shatwell is a senior 
Louisiana Scholars' College stu- 
dent. His opinions do not neces- 
sarily represent the Sauce staff or 
the University. 

Rain, rain go away 

back from lunch as my vintage 
inspired poncho flapped in the 
wind and fall foliage whirled 
around me. I felt like Meg Ryan in 
a cardigan set when she meets 
Tom Hanks' character in "You've 
Got Mail." 

Then reality hit, and it began to 
pour. I whipped out my trusty 
blue umbrella and ran up the 
north steps of Kyser Hall. As soon 
as my right foot made contact 
with the slippery tiles, I took a 
nose dive. 

Luckily, I managed to stick out 
both of my arms, put my left foot 
on the ground, twirl around and 
carefully put my right foot back in 
its natural state. After that per- 
formance, I thought it might be 
wise for me to drop out of college 
and try out as a character at Dis- 


Still, I was very happy that it 
was a weekend and no one was 
around to see my little dance. It's 
bad enough people always wit- 
ness me tripping over bricks, 
stairs, doorways and cracks in the 
cement when it's completely dry 

The worst time for nasty weath- 
er is when I have my arms full, 
and I can't find my ID card so I 
can get into my residence hall. The 
last time that happened, I dropped 
my brand new $107 physical sci- 
ence book in the mud. 

I fumbled in my purse for five 
minutes for my card while I jug- 
gled an umbrella, a full book sack 
and a stack of books. Then, much 
to my dismay, the card was in my 

The only good thing about rain 
is that the sound of it helps me 
sleep at night. I just hope the roof 
doesn't start to leak during the 
night since I'm on the top floor. 

I hope the rain doesn't damper 
the homecoming game this Satur- 
day. My hometown is only 20 
minutes from McNeese State Uni- 
versity, so most of the kids in my 
graduating class go there, and 
older folks cheer on MSU. Many 
of them, including my family and 
two best friends, are coming up to 

I'll wear my purple proudly. 

Savanna Mahaffey is a fresh- 
man journalism major. Her opin- 
ions don not necessarily repre- 
sent the Sauce staff or the Uni- 

Letters to the Editor 

ment are Christians and members 
of non-Christian faiths have no 
voice. If you go to a predominant- 
ly Muslim country do you think 
you will have a voice? I doubt it 
seriously. We don't press our reli- 
gion on these people; we tolerate 
their beliefs, so why can't they tol- 
erate ours. 

To sum up Mr. Shatwell's 
argument, the majority should for- 
get about their own beliefs and 
protect the beliefs of the minority. 
Basically if we stand for anything 
we are wrong. We must learn to be 
passive and let everyone trample 
us. So from now on when a sub- 
ject comes up, figure out what you 
think and do just the opposite. 
This is the wave of the future. 

Lastly, I would like to remind 
Mr. Shatwell that I never told Mr. 
Vicknair to leave Louisiana. I 
merely invited him to do so if he 
was so unhappy. I was trying to be 
nice and make sure that he was 
aware of all the options that were 
available to him. I felt his pain of 
being surrounded by a majority of 
people that were, according to 
him, so far beneath his intellectual 
level. I was even nice enough to 
offer him a ride, which reminds 
me, I have room for 1 one more. 

Eric Cason 
NSU Sophomore 

SGA President comments 
on parking 

Fellow Students, 

Since my first year here, I have 
heard more complaints about 
parking than anything else. I agree 
with you. It is hard to find a 
"good" parking spot. But are you 
looking in the lots closest to your 
academic building? Probably so, 
and it is physically impossible for 

everybody who has a class in 
Kyser to park in the lot nearest 
Kyser. OK, so Sabine parking lot is 
full too, right. Well, as much as 
you don't want to hear this, if you 
need a spot, there are plenty at the 
stadium parking lot, where the 
vehicle overflow is supposed to 
park. I realize how long of a walk 
it may seem, but it's actually only 
a five minute walk to Kyser or 
Russell. We do not park there 
because we're lazy. But having vis- 
ited every single campus in the 
state, I can honestly say that we 
are lucky. Other campuses require 
that you park in a certain lot that 
may be a fifteen-minute walk from 
your building. At ULL, students 
have to take a shuttle to get from 
the main parking lot to campus. 
Even the worst parking situation 
at NSU, for instance, a class in 
Russell and then in the TEC, is a 
skip compared to distances at 
other schools. You wanted more 
parking lots, so we got two more. 
They may not be next to your 
building, but without tearing 
down our beautiful landscaping, 
there is nowhere else for them to 


The ONLY reasonable complaint 
in regards to parking is that the 
parking lots, particularly the 
Sabine and Iberville lots, are 
falling apart. I completely agree. I 
am as sick of the potholes and 
temporary asphalt as you are. Peo- 
ple criticize the SGA and the 
school for not doing something 
about it constantly. It turns my 
stomach to make an excuse for it, 
because the conditions are simply 
inexcusable. However, there is a 
legitimate reason the parking lot is 
not redone and that is because 
there is a serious lack of funding 
for Louisiana public post-second- 

ary schools, especially NSU. The 
good news is that, finally, we have 
accumulated enough money to 
completely repave the parking lot 
below Sabine and Caddo Hall. 
This time the physical plant isn't 
just filling in potholes. When you 
come back from Thanksgiving 
Break, you'll be able to park in an 
entirely new parking lot. 

The Student Government Asso- 
ciation has devised several differ- 
ent plans to improve the parking 
situation. Most recently, was a bill 
to designate each student to a 
parking lot. Under the provisions 
of the bill, between 7am and 3pm 
freshman and sophomore com- 
muters would be required to park 
in the stadium lot, all residents 
would be required to park in the 
specific lot of their residence hall, 
and juniors, seniors, and graduate 
students would be assigned to a 
lot near the academic building of 
their major. This would mean that 
students driving to school would 
not ever have to drive around 
looking for a spot. They would 
know exactly what parking lot 
they had to park in and that lot 
would have enough spaces for 
everyone assigned to it. The bill 
failed in the Student Senate but 
' passed in the University Traffic 
and Parking Committee. If you 
like this idea, please stop by the 
SGA office, Room 222 of the Stu- 
dent Union, or call 357-4501 and 
let us know. If you have any ideas 
on how parking could be 
improved, we are definitely open 
to suggestions, as we are working 
for you. Have a great Homecom- 
ing Week. GO DEMONS! 

Respectfully yours, 

Mindy McConnell 
SGA President 

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come or consequence. Hey, the 
truth might even set you free. 

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side were to launch one missile 
that all of civilization as we 
knew it was going to come to an 
end. Their government might 
have been repressive but it still 
knew the value of life. The 
enemy that we fight today is 
more than willing to crash 
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soldiers who only bring candy, 
chain their followers to the 
wheel of cars and hold their 
families' hostage unless they 
plow their portable bomb into a 
work signup station for the 
unemployed. What do you 
think these people would do if 
they got their hands on a chemi- 
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went to war on circumstantial 
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millions of dollars in the United 
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left might be right; a four-month 
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polled by Army Tunes want 
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Making of the band 

Spirit of Northwestern takes the field, crowd 

Caroline Beatty, assistant band director, observes the Spirit of Northwestern Demon Marching Band as it rehearses the final sets of this week's half-time show. 

Chris Reich/ the Current Sauce 
More photos of the band can be found on page 6. 

By Allison Boswell 

Sauce Reporter 
Raquel Hill 

Life Editor 

Lights, camera, halftime. 
The Spirit of Northwestern 
Demon Marching Band is back in 

The Northwestern band and staff 
work to put together a show that 
will please and entertain the audi- 

This is how it's done. 
William Brent, director of bands, 
said members are selected through 
an audition process. In the audi- 
tion, students select music of their 
choice, which is usually a solo or an 

etude they have prepared other 
auditions. Brent said the staff does 
not require participants to sight 
read or perform scales. 

"We consider their audition, nat- 
urally, but we also look at high 
school achievement records, band 
directors recommendation and 
high school GPA," Brent said. He 
said students who have made all- 
state or orchestra are given top con- 

"We also look for people who are 
enthusiastic, who want to be here, 
who enjoy being here," Caroline 
Beatty, associate director of bands, 
said. She also said the members are 
nice, fun, attentive and do what 
they need to do. 

Brent said the band staff meets in 

February to discuss music ideas. 
They try to select songs that will 
entertain the audience; for exam- 
ple, movie themes and other popu- 
lar music. He said they also look at 
length because the show cannot 
run over the specified seven or 
eight minutes. If it does, the team 
will be penalized. When the band 
meets in August and has the set 
number of members they can start 
to design and chart drill. 

The most time consuming 
process is designing drill, which is 
the shapes the band makes on the 
field. The drill is designed by Jeff 
Mathews, director of student 
affairs and organizations. 

Mathews, the former associate 
director of bands, said the first step 

is to figure out what is happening 
musically. A segment sheet is used 
to describe what is happening in 
each measure and the idea is to 
move with music in a complimen- 
tary manner. He said if there is too 
much musical difficulty or fast 
notes, the band does not move as 

He said each band member has 
to develop a mental grid of what 
the football field looks like. Math- 
ews said they have to learn where 
the hash marks are in relation to the 
sidelines and where the hash marks 
are in relation to each other. He said 
they are taught to march 8 to 5, 
which is eight steps for every five 

Mathews said each member 

knows how many counts it takes to 
get from one spot to the next. 

For example, it takes 32 equal 
counts, meaning 32 equal steps, to 
get from point A to point B. He said 
they cannot arrive at their spots 
early or late because the shapes will 
not form correctly. For example, it 
takes 64 equal counts to form the 
shape of a heart, so they have to get 
to their spot in 64 equal counts for 
it to form correctly The specified 
amount of counts is what helps the 
shape evolve. 

"Each instrument is its own ani- 
mal. For example, you can't put the 
tuba players too close together 
because the instruments are so 

■ See Band, page 6 

SAB Events kick off NSU Homecoming 

By Savanna Mahaffey 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU's Homecoming week, with 
tile theme "Dancing Through the 
Decades," began Monday at the 
Student Activities Board sponsored 
Kick-off party and will continue 
until the Homecoming game 
a gainst McNeese State University 
Saturday afternoon. 

SAB Special Events Committee 
Qiair Mia Guillory said she has 
^en planning for Homecoming 
Week since she was elected last 
year, and that the SAB has also 
oeen busy preparing for this week. 

"We fish around and try to think 
P things that haven't been done 
before," Guillory said. "A lot of it is 
Edition, though. We just try to re- 
v amp it." 

The kick-off party ran from 11 
a -m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Stu- 
dent Union. Flocks of students 
^ed U p f or f ree m eat pies, rice 
^ssing, rolls, cookies and sodas, 
Much were served by SAB mem- 

The 80s cover band, The Molly 
^gwalds, returned for its second 
^ e ar to perform at the kick-off 
Party. Guillory said the SAB usual- 
y does something new every year, 
Rti the band was invited again 
"ecause of student requests. 

"We brought back the Molly 
^gwalds because they brought 
° u t a large crowd last year," Guillo- 
IV said. "They were brought back 
■ popular demand." 

Dressed in costumes and make- 
U R the band played well-known 
l? c k and pop songs from the 80s. 

band had to seek shelter from 
J| e misting rain, but the weather 
J d not drive away the crowd. 

A blood drive by LifeShare Blood 
Center began Monday, and it will 
continue until Friday afternoon. 

On Tuesday, the SAB hosted the 
Lip Sync and Homecoming Hun- 
nies competition at 7 p.m. in the 
Student Union Ballroom. Over 500 
students turned out for the event, 
and 18 acts performed to various 
tunes from past decades. The 
Homecoming Court performed a 
dance routine for the crowd while 
wearing gold cardboard crowns. 

Greek organizations, the NSU 
Demons Sweethearts and the 
African American Caucus per- 
formed dance routines. The per- 
formances kept with the theme of 
"Dancing Through the Decades" 
by imitating Elvis Presley, Nancy 
Sinatra, Grease actors, the Beach 
Boys and Michael Jackson. 

Costumed performers jitter 
bugged, disco danced, tumbled, 
moon walked, did the "Footloose" 
line dance, the "Macarena" and the 

The Homecorning Hunnies com- 
petition featured six coupled dance 
routines and an acapella solo. The 
winners of the Homecoming Hun- 
nies competition were Jeremy 
McLaren, who represented Pi 
Kappa Phi, and DeShae Hughes, 
who is a member of Phi Mu. 

The two performed a choreo- 
graphed dance routine from the 80s 
film, "Dirty Dancing." 

The couple said that they only 
spent two hours practicing for the 
performance but had to spend 
more time cutting their music. Nei- 
ther expected to actually win the 

Hughes said she and McLaren 
chose the "Dirty Dancing" routine 
because they thought it would be 

Leslie Westbrook/f/ie Currevf Sauci 

Deidri Samson, a member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, lip syncs to "Rolling on the River" Tuesday night at the Home- 
coming week lip sync contest in the Student Union Ballroom. 


"Honestly, we didn't think any- 
one else would do it," Hughes said. 
"I'm a dancer, and he's a good 
dancer, and we just wanted to 
show what we could do. We just 
wanted to have fun; we didn't 
think we would win." 

The winners of the sorority cate- 
gory were third place, Alpha Sigma 
Alpha; second place, Phi Mu and 
Delta Sigma Theta; and first place, 
Sigma Sigma Sigma. 

In the fraternity category, Tau 
Kappa Epsilon and Sigma Nu tied 
for second, and Pi Kappa Phi 
walked away with first. 

The NSU Demons Sweethearts 
took second in the General Activi- 
ties category, and the African 
American Caucus came in first. 

All winners received trophies for 
their performances. 

Wednesday was Purple Pride 
Day, and students and faculty wore 
purple to show their Demon spirit. 
Also, Demons turned out for the 
one mile Fun Run, which began at 
4 p.m. in front of the Student 

Tonight, the "Too Hot to Handle" 
bonfire will begin at 8 p.m. at the 
bottom of Greek Hill. A^dewing of 
"Shrek 2" will immediately follow 
the bonfire on the big-screen. 
Attendees are asked to bring blan- 
kets or chairs. 

Friday, the Homecoming parade 
line-up will start at 4 p.m., and the 
parade kick-off is scheduled for 5 
p.m. The parade is for both the 
NSU and Natchitoches communi- 
ties, and it will begin at Prather 
Coliseum and end at the down- 
town riverbank. 

The parade will be followed by a 

pep rally on the riverfront. 

Saturday, alumni tailgating will 
begin at 1 p.m. and continue until 
3:30 p.m. The Alumni Association 
will be serving plate lunches for $5 
per person. Tailgating activities will 
take place at the field adjacent to 
Turpin Stadium. 

The Spirit of Northwestern 
Demon Marching Band will per- 
form a pre-game show, and the 
game between NSU and McNeese 
will begin at 4 p.m. 

Halftime ceremonies will be held 
at about 5:30 p.m. The marching 
band will perform, and the Home- 
coming Court will be presented. 
Also, trie Long Purple Line Award, 
the Excellence in Teaching Award, 
the Distinguished Service Award 
and the President's Distinguished 
Service Award will all be present- 


Focus |w 

Work your 
flirty fall 

There are probably only a few 
people on campus who can actu- 
ally wear every single piece of 
dothing in their closet. For those 
select few, Kudos to you! How- 
ever, for the rest of us that wal- 
low in the depths of our fashion 
faux pas, it can be hard to deci- 
pher what is wearable and what 
is not. Well, here is the good 
news, folks... Ifs all wearable! 
This fall, make use of those hid- 
den treasures. 

If you bought a super short 
mini skirt or a top that screams 
va-va-va-voom you might be 
reluctant to take it out of the clos- 
et. Working up the nerve to wear 
pieces that may seem risque is 
half the battle. To ease the pain 
during fall, try combining that 
mini with a brightly colored 
long-sleeved blouse under a 
shrunken blazer. Shrunken blaz- 
ers are the hottest thing to come 
off the runways and are definite- 
ly relevant to our unpredictable 
Louisiana weather. Add some 
simple accessories like some ban- 
gle bracelets and hoop earrings, 
and you've got one hip lookin' 
ensemble. Or perhaps you're 
dying to show off that outra- 
geous top you bought out of 
impulse — it's a super wide-neck, 
off-the-shoulder number. Com- 
bine it with a pair of hip-slung, 
light-wash jeans with a ribbon 
belt and stiletto pumps. You'll 
own every pair of eyes that ogle 
you as you pass — and in a good 

Another extreme piece in your 
closet may not even be clothing. 
It might be jewelry or even shoes. 
I know I have a rather large ruby 
crucifix choker-necklace that I 
still haven't had the gall to wear 
in public yet, but I am deter- 
mined to wear it soon. Perhaps it 
is too "gothic" for an all black 
ensemble, but it might look per- 
fectly acceptable with a racy red 
dress that shapes your figure or 
even with a classic black suit. An 
unusual piece of jewelry like this 
is the perfect way to liven up 
something that is usually 
parochial and drab. 

Or if your mother gave you a 
beautiful set of oversized pearls, 
and you really have nothing too 
classic in your wardrobe to pair it 
with, spice up a mini-T and some 
dark wash boot-cut denims with 
your pearly gams — you'll be a 
class act! If you just have to own 
a pair of open-toed stiletto heels, 
a problem could arise if there's 
nothing to wear with them. 
However, nowadays sandaled- 
heels are getting to be more and 
more popular when worn with 
jeans. If you've got a pair of jeans 
that make your tush look great, 
stick on those heels and your legs 
will look miles high. And don't 
worry about the cold weather: 
sometimes you've got to make a 
few sacrifices to look like a god- 

So here are the last words of 
advice I will leave you with. If 
you want to look like a hot 
mama, you've got you think like 
a hot mama. The only way you 
can pull off a "unique" outfit is to 
be confident about it. After you 
finally get the whole outfit 
together, look in the mirror and 
realize, hey, it's fall. The weath- 
er's cooler and you can feel free 
to let go of all your fashion inhi- 
bitions. So, let this season be 
your time to shine and be con- 
scious of your innermost fashion 
desires. If you want to wear 
something different, do it. Just 
do it with the style and class I 
know you've got! 

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This Friday 

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7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

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Ladder 49 - PG-13 

Mon - Fri 

7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

Sat & Sun 

2 p.m. 4:20 p.m. 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

Taxi - PG-13 

Mon - Fri 

7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

Sat & Sun 

2 p.m. 4:20 p.m. 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 
Friday Night Lights - PG-13 

Mon - Fri 
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Sat a Sun 

2 p.m. 4:20 p.m. 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

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Students & Faculty bring 
your NSU ID 

'Two Rooms' makes a right 


By Kyle Shirley 

Sauce Reporter 

The fear, pain and doubt of a 
hostage imprisoned alone in a win- 
dowless room crept into Theatre 
West Friday night when the theater 
department presented Lee Bless- 
ing's "Two Rooms." 

This emotionally and politically 
charged psychodrama set in the 
tumultuous Middle East is as rele- 
vant today as it was when Blessings 
wrote it in the late 1980s, and direc- 
tor Kerry Lambert's cast delivered 
a solid rendition of it. 

As the title suggests, the play is 
set in two rooms. One is the cell of 
Michael Wells (Nathanial Rust), an 
American professor being held as a 
political prisoner in Beirut. The 
other is his study in his home back 
in the states, a room that his wife 
Lainie (Etienna Quails) has 
stripped of all furniture and deco- 
rations in an attempt to relate to her 
husband's situation. These two 
characters are supplemented by 
Ellen Van Oss (Gretchen Johnson), 
a representative for the U.S. gov- 

ernment assigned to keep Quails 
from talking to the press, and Walk- 
er Harris (Brian Jarreau), a reporter 
who wants Quails to speak out. 

Lambert wisely took a minimal- 
ist approach to the set design, rely- 
ing on the natural eerie ambience of 
Theatre West rather than attempt- 
ing to force unnecessary outside 
elements into the venue. Ln fact, the 
only item present throughout the 
entire show was a small, nonde- 
script mat in the center of the room. 
This simple design left the stage 
open to echo the emptiness inside 
the separated lovers. The lighting 
was well designed and expertly 
executed. It alternately highlighted 
individual characters and the entire 
theater as moods and situations 

But no matter how good the tech- 
nical aspects of a show are, the 
actors are the ones truly responsible 
for a performance's success or fail- 
ure. Rust effectively conveyed the 
broken spirit of a man clinging to 
his last vestige of hope. His body 
language was superb, and was 
complemented well by the tattered 

rags, caked dirt and bruises of his 
costume. Rust genuinely looked 
like a man who had been dragged 
through hell. His voice quivered 
with inner pain, but unfortunately 
his delivery was somewhat spottv. 

At times, Rust drug his lines out 
so far that he seemed as if he had 
forgotten what words came next. 
The script allowed for plenty of 
room to pause for emphasis, but 
Rust sometimes let the silence 
punch holes in his monologues, 
reducing their impact. That said, I 
must add that overall, Rust was 
convincing and emotionally effec- 
tive, especially toward the end of 
the show, when his blindfold was 
removed to reveal the suffering in 
his eyes. 

Jarreau also used his body well, 
especially his facial expressions. 
His face was often more emotive 
than his voice, and his delivery 
was, for the most part, firm and 
consistent. As a supporting charac- 
ter, Jarreau's main function was to 
interact with Quails in a way that 
allowed her to probe the range of 
her character's emotions, and he 

did so splendidly He seemed con- 
tent to let the audience focus on her, 
keeping his performance simple to 
contrast the complexity of hers. Jar- 
reau did not shine as much in this 
role as he has in the past, but he 
served his function well and seems 
to be maturing as an actor. 

The true stars of this show were 
most certainly the women. Johnson 
delivered a spot-on portrayal of a 
brainwashed tool of the system, 
never faltering for a moment in her 
fluid delivery and patronizing 
demeanor. She spoke as if she truly 
was a trained politician, sending 
out carefully chosen words with 
speed and precision; she spoke as if 
the words were truly hers. Her pos- 
ture conveyed an air of confidence 
and efficiency, making her seem 
more like a soulless machine than a 
human at times. This was com- 
pletely appropriate for what her 
character represented, but Johnson 
did not stop there. She allowed 
moments of concern and doubt to 
creep out, reminding the audience 
that even the most heartless indi- 
vidual still retains some humanity. 

Despite Johnson's near-flawlej 
performance, the focus of this sho\ 
was most certainly on Quails. S}| 
managed to flow smoothly throuo 
a vast array of emotions, soriu 
times shifting with such speed ari 
proficiency that I was genuinel jjsU 1 
startled. Her face accurately caj 
tured brief moments of hope j NSU 
well as insurmountable despaj jecutiv 
Her voice wept with sadness an vollevb 
roared with rage. Although Rusf games i 
character was the one being phyjj % 30- 
cally tortured, Quails was the on Convoc 
who truly suffered. She was witl da>' ni 8 
out a doubt the heart and soul ( ^he 
this show, and I expect great tniruip emon 
from her in future roles. ljeag ue 
These performances combined J ,in P rov ' 
offer an emotional side to ~ 
political issues, and I commen 
Lambert for producing this sho\J 
Everyone involved displayed bo 
natural talent and the potential | 
progress. I look forward 
more theater productions this 




big," Mathews said. "The color 
guard are eight steps apart so they 
have enough room to do their rou- 

Once the drill is written and 
charted it is handed throughout 
the sections. Brent said it usually 
takes two rehearsals to learn the 
drill and two rehearsals to make it 

The band rehearses every Mon- 
day, Wednesday and Friday from 3 
to 5 p.m. Members practice put- 
ting both music and drill on the 
field. Included within the band 
are two auxiliary units: the Demon 
Heat Color Guard and the Demon 
Dazzlers. Each perform routines 
that complement the show music. 

"Entertainment," Brent said, " is 
the name of the game." 

The SON will perform a show 
consisting of the themes from 
"Back to the future," "Beetlejuice" 
and "Batman" this week during 
halftime at the game against 
McNeese State. 

(Left) Woodwind players rehearse their music as Drum Major Evan McCormick directs. (Center) Spirit of Northwestern Drum 
during rehearsal on Monday. (Right) Tenor players show off their skills while running through "Back To the Future." 

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with 12 kills apiece, while Janel 
Fisher added 10 kills and four 
blocks. Duarte added a team- 
high 17 digs and Flavia Beto 
turned in 28 assists. 

The Lady Demons will return 
to action on Friday when they 
travel to take on Stephen F. 
Austin. NSU will return home on 
Oct. 19 when it hosts Louisiana- 

NSU 0, TSU 3 

In a battle of first place teams, 
Texas State swept the NSU Lady 
Demons in three straight, win- 
ning by scores of 30-26, 30-15 
and 30-21 in Southland Confer- 
ence volleyball action here Fri- 
day night. 

The loss drops the Lady 
Demons to 9-8 overall and 5-3 in 
the league. 

NSU is now tied for second 
with Texas-San Antonio, the 
Lady Demons' opponent on Sat- 
urday. Texas State improves to 
12-4 and 6-2. The loss also 
snapped NSU's school record 
five-match SLC winning streak. 

Whitney King led the Lady 
Demons with 13 kills while 
Flavia Belo recorded her team 
leading eighth double-double of 
the season with a team-high 18 
digs and 17 assists. 

The Bobcats had two players in 
double figure digits in kills with 
Kacee Rogers leading the team 
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the Current Sauce 



The Way 
I See It 


the Game 

Is there anything to do 
this weekend? 

Let me try to figure this 
one out. There are some 
pretty good movies out like 
"Ladder 49," "Friday Night 
Lights" and "Team America: 
World Police." 

However, there has to be 
something else to do besides 
watch a movie. 

Can I play my PlayStation 
2? Nah, Madden 2003 has 
lost its flavor. Can I actually 
go outside and get some 
fresh air and exercise? I 
should, but I am too lazy. 
Hmm...I think I figured it 

We have a football game, 
at home this Saturday 
against hated McNeese 
State, and it happens to be 

I have waited for this 
game for the past two years, 
ever since McNeese rode 
into Turpin Stadium two 
years ago and beat us 27-3 
before a record crowd of 
17,031 screaming fans. 

Combine that with the 
Demons' close 9-13 loss to 
the Cowboys last year, and 
we have a game to watch. I 
just hope that we all show 
up to watch it. 

There is always a flurry of 
activities during NSU's 
Homecoming Week. This 
year they include a kickoff 
party, lip sync contest, bon- 
fire and of course, the 
parade and pep rally. 

However, the actual game 
often gets lost in all of the 

I can guarantee that 
McNeese's fans will show 
up in full force on Saturday. 
They are going to show up 
in their blue and yellow out- 
fits, ring their cowbells and 
do that stupid clap if and 
when McNeese scores. 

Despite the ridiculous- 
ness of their actiofis, they 
have a strong passion for 
their team, and we lack 
sadly in that area. 

I am not saying we do not 
love our Demons, but come 
on; a lot of NSU students 
feel more strongly for LSU 
than they do for their own 

McNeese's fans will prob- 
ably fill up half the stadium 
on our homecoming game. 
That sounds wrong to me, 
but it can happen. We, as 
NSU supporters, can pre- 
vent it. 

Let's show up, wear NSU 
colors, raise the "Fork 'em" 
sign and support the team. 
Jump up and cheer, heckle 
the McNeese bench and 
raise Cain; I don't care. 

As the Under Armour 
commercial says, "We must 
protect this house." 

We have reasons to be 
proud because the Demons 
are on a roll. They are 
ranked No. 11 in the nation, 
and they are on a four-game 
winning streak. T 

he running game is going 
on all cylinders, and the 
Purple Swarm looks 
unstoppable. We can and 
should win this game. 

A heated rivalry with 
early championship ramifi- 
cations; a fan cannot ask for 
anything more. 

So you can either watch a 
movie or go to your Home- 
coming game. Just remem- 
ber: a movie costs $7, and 
the game is free. Does that 
make your decision any eas- 


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Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Service 

The Purple Swarm defense stops a McNeese State running back last season in Lake Charles. The Purple Swarm held the Cowboys to only 183 yards rushing with not touchdowns. 

Homecoming rivalry 

Demons hope to lasso the Cowboys homecoming night 

By Patrick West 

Sports Editor 

Homecoming activities 
come to an end Saturday at 
Turpin Stadium with a clash 
between two of the top teams 
in the Southland Conference 
as the NSU Demons square 
off against the McNeese State 

Last season, NSU nearly 
beat the Cowboys in Lake 
Charles, but fell short 13-9. 
The Cowboys lead the all- 
time series between the two 
schools 32-20-1. 

The Cowboys have won 
the last three meetings with 
the Demons' last victory in 
the 2000 season 37-34 at 

The Demons have been on 
a roll winning their last four 
straight football games, 
while the Cowboys have 
been lassoed for the second 
straight week. Both teams are 
coming off bye weeks. 

"This is a big game for us," 
Demon head coach Scott 
Stoker said. "Any time we 
play McNeese is huge, but 
you have to go through the 
best to get on top." 

The bye week helped sev- 
eral Demon starters heal 
from nagging injuries. 

Defensive starters David 
Pittman, Quintene New- 
house, Tory Collins and Gary 
Wesley will start against the 

Demon offensive players 
Mark Morris, Ben Bailey and 
Marcus Gatlin will also 
return for Saturday's game. 

All of the injured players 
missed the Oklahoma Pan- 
handle State game. 

"This is the healthiest we 
have been in a while," Stoker 
said. "Everybody will be 
back on the sidelines for us 
and I am anxious to see how 
we all play together." 

NSU enters Saturday's 
contest with the top-ranked 
defense in Division I-AA. 

The Purple Swarm defens- 
es leads Division I-AA in 
total defense allowing a mea- 
ger 214.2 yards per game and 
are first in rushing defense 
allowing a meek 63.4 ypg. 

The Purple Swarm also 
leads the SLC in passing 
defense, scoring defense and 
pass efficiency defense. 

A pair of linebackers led 
the Demons in tackles with 
Paul Mefford who has 36 
total tackles with 1.5 sacks 
and one fumble recovery. 

Jamall Johnson, weak side 
linebacker, has 35 total tack- 

Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Service 

Demon fullback Issa Banna runs the ball last year against the Cow- 
boy defense. Banna hopes to beat the Cowboys in his final season. 

les with one blocked kick. Ed 
Queen leads the Demons 
with 4.5 sacks while Pittman 
leads in interceptions with 

"We need to contain 
McNeese and not give up the 
big plays," Stoker said. "It 
will be tough competition, 
and I cannot wait and see 
how we play defensively 
against them." 

The Demon offense has 
continued to improve over 

the season as NSU is ranked 
second in the SLC in total 
offense with 411.6 ypg. 

The Demons are also 
ranked second in rushing 
and scoring offense with 
248.6 rushing ypg and aver- 
aging 38 points per game. 

Offensively, the Demons 
are led by their running 
game, which is spear headed 
by Derrick Johnese and Shel- 
ton Sampson. Johnese is 
averaging 80 ypg while 

Sampson is averaging 60 


The Demons will continue 
to use a two-quarterback sys- 
tem against the Cowboys, as 
Connor Morel and Davon 
Vinson will see playing time. 

Morel has thrown for 439 
yards passing on 32 of 54 aim 
with three touchdowns while 
Vinson has thrown for 376 
yards passing on 31 of 57 aim 
with three touchdowns. 

Senior quarterback Scott 
Pendarvis, who is averaging 
154 ypg in total offense, leads 
the Cowboys. 

Pendarvis has completed 
52.7 percent of his passes and 
has five touchdowns with 
eight interceptions. 

The game between the 
two-heated rivals will proba- 
bly come down to the last 
minute since five of the last 
six match ups have been 
decided by a touchdown or 
less, two in the final seconds 
of play. 

The game will be televised 
live on the College Sports 
Television as the Division I- 
AA game of the week. 

Kick off is set for 4 p.m., 
and tickets are going fast, so 
students and faculty need to 
pick them up before the 

Soccer wins one of two at home 

Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Service 

Freshman defender Kaitlin Bowman and a Nicholls defender both 
jump for the soccer ball in Sunday's soccer game. NSU won 3-0. 

By Justin Hebert 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU's Demon soccer team 
was blanked 2-0 by South- 
eastern Louisiana University 
Friday, but managed to turn 
around Sunday and come up 
with a shutout of their own 
against Nicholls State, in a 
wet weekend of Southland 
Conference play. 

Even though under con- 
stant rain NSU almost dou- 
bled Southeastern's shot 
attempts 15-8 at the Demon 
Soccer Complex in an 
aggressive game Friday 
night, the Demons were 
unable to get one past the 
Lion's goalkeeper. 

Demon head coach Jimmy 
Mitchell said this was a 
tough loss for his team, espe- 
cially because of their level of 

"We just need to finish, just 
score goals," Mitchell said. 
"We played extremely well. I 
felt we deserved to win." 

After what coach Mitchell 
called "a very emotional 
locker room" Friday night, 
the Demons came out Sun- 
day to dominate Nicholls 3-0 
in another rainy game. It was 
played in Turpin Stadium 

due to the terrible field con- 
ditions at the soccer complex. 

With the win, NSU 
improved their overall 
record to 6-9 and managed to 
break above a .500 winning 
percentage in the Southland 
Conference with a 4-3 mark. 

With only 2:44 burned off 
the clock, the Demons went 
up 1-0 with Julie Zavala's 
fifth goal for the year on an 
open shot from right in front 
of the goal. 

"We were very intense but 
then relaxed after we 
scored/' Mitchell said. 

Freshman goalkeeper 
Krystle Donaldson, picked 
up her first career shutout, in 
which she played the whole 
game, and picked up four 
saves on Lion's shots. 

"I thought her perform- 
ance was excellent... espe- 
cially in these conditions," 
Mitchell said. "This game 
will really help her confi- 

The Demons added two 
more goals in the second 
half. One was by sophomore 
midfielder Marliese Latiolais 
with a great assist from 
another sophomore, Mya 

The second came from a 

Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Service 

Natalie Waguespack kicks the 
wet soccer ball Friday night. 

heads-up put back by senior 
Dani Thomas. 

The Demon's soccer team 
will continue SLC play at 
McNeese State Friday at 4 
p.m. and then at Stephen F. 
Austin, Sunday at 2 p.m. 

The Demons will return 
home again on Oct. 22 to 
play Texas State at 7 p.m. 

This Just In 

Sports Information Bure 


NSU honors 



Five of the greatest ath 
letes in Northwestern Statt 
history, including AU-Amer 
icans Brian Brown and Tet. 
essa Thomas Lewis, will ^ 
enshrined in the university'] 
Graduate N Club Hall 
Fame Saturday morning 
11 prior to the Demons' 
p.m. Homecoming footba] 
game against McNees< 

Lewis, a Lady Demoi 
basketball star from 1983-86, 
and Brown, a world cla$ 
high jumper while compet 
ing for NSU from 1987-9Q 
will be joined by trad CAR ■ 
standout Billy Hud sow- 
baseball great KernJCOITW 
"Hash" Gordon and footbai The S 
all-star Butch Ballard in thi pmic at 
2004 induction class. 

Graduate N Club Hall of ™ e S> 
Fame "Lifetime Achieve " 
ment" awards will be 




sen ted to longtime Demoj Only fi 

Sports Network play b ir. They 

play announcer Norn rize. 

Fletcher and Dr. Jesse 

Horner, a former Demoi . . e " Jl . 

basketball player and a dis , ™ r 
u . t j r ,dose the 

tinguished professor c Bntesta| 

industrial technology a ..nDorte 

Texas Southern. test corr 

They will be honored dur 
ing 11 a.m. ceremonies 
the east concourse 
Prather Coliseum. The pi 
lie is invited at no charge, 

After receiving the 
versity's highest honor 
student-athletes, the fi' 
greats will be introduo 
before kickoff of Saturday 1 ! 
football game at Turpin Si 

names new 

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"A lot of 
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The SG/ 
rst hand 
Senator J 

New NSU Lady Dema PPortuni 
basketball coach Jennife "Kerns. 
Graf has completed he "vVhen I 
coaching staff with the hi ere mos 
ing of assistant coach Davil Ihorton 
Aguilar, whose 10 season lore, est 
in coaching include highlj i develo[ 
successful stints wiff srns the 
Louisiana and Texas higj 
schools along with bein SG ^ 
part of the nationaUyT nstltutl( 
renowned women's pro stude 
gram at Trinity VallC V ' whl 
(Texas) Community Co 

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On Nov. 



The hiring of Aguilar, 
has been approved by 
Board of Supervisors of 
University of Louisiana s 

He joins holdover assi 
tant coach Kia Converse an 
new graduate assist 
coach Kyle Bobbitt, a form 
student assistant coach 
the NSU men's basketb 
program, on Grafs coac 

Aguilar came to No 
western from Ruston Higl the Nat 
School, where he was al Sponsor 
assistant coach last year i ^ce is li 
the Lady Bearcats went 28-' "On. 
and reached the second ^ proqra 
round of the Class 5A' plaj! l0ut? ^ w 

0f n\ u- n. ,theStu 

Before coaching at Rtf ^ Pros 

ton, he was on the women' 1 search in 
basketball staff at Trini* ifep ar j ng 
Valley helping the Lad? ( 
Cardinals to a No. 2 nation GRE Str 
al ranking in junior colleg ^' ew wii 
competition and a 33- * Presid. 
record before a loss to ard ' nave t 
rival Tyler Junior College i Regies, 
the regional finals. All event 

His 10 years of coachiiwforrnatio 
experience also included Adult 
serving as the assistafjlrollment 
coach at Mexia (Texas) Hig^ 
School, which captured t' 1 
2001 Texas Class 3A sta* J °" GC 
championship. Aguilar is > , e ' 
1994 graduate of lev* , 0lts s 
A&M-Commerce, where h 1 hat th < 
was a Dean's List student \ j^es f re 
kinesiology and interdis^ *duce i 
plinary studies. 


"HSoftball hires 
71 new head coach 

perniciaro takes on his first head 
coaching position after leaving 
assistant position at Auburn. 
Sports, Page 8 

ia~« *the 

Blast from the past! 

Take a trip down memory lane as the Sauce 
remembers pop culture and NSU's past. 
Life, Page 6 

Homecoming photos, Page 3 
Letters to the editor, Page 5 



Thursday, October 21, 2004 
Volume 90 • Issue 11 

Students serving students at 
Northwestern State University since 1914 

First copies free to NSU students and staff 
50 cents per copy otherwise 

Sauce on the Side 

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tern Stall 
and Tet. 
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h l .J r „ a jsAB to present Last Demon 
Comic Standing in the Alley 

The Student Activities Board is looking for the best 
ard in thiiomic at NSU. 


ib Hall of 

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le Demon Only five students have auditioned for the show so 
play bi ar. They are all hoping to walk away with the $50 
r Norn irize 
Dr. Jesse 
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and a dis 
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ology a 

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The SAB will host the Last Demon Comic Standing 
pntest on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Alley of the Student 

Benji Brown, who is a professional comic from Black 
Entertainment Television, will be there to open and 
dose the show. He will also be one of the judges of the 
contestants. The audience will also judge, so all demon 
supporters are invited to laugh it up and vote for the 
lest comic on campus. 



Corey Chase 

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monies ii 

The pubjsGA senators meet and greet 
students, discuss campus issues 

honor fa SGA senators will be walking around campus to greet 
the fivitudents and find out what their ideas and concerns 
ntroduca ft- 

Saturday"! Matt Bart | eV( commissioner of the SGA Student Affairs 
[urpm Ste bmmittee, heads the project, SGA Walks. He said the 
urpose of the walks is give students- the chance to get 
)know their senators and discuss their problems with 

'A lot of students don't know who SGA senators are 
Irwhat they can do," said Bartley. 

The SGA Walks will also allow, senators to receive a 
kt hand look at the problems students face. Senior 
Senator Jerry Whorton said he is excited about the 
iy Demoi lp P° rtunit: y t0 nave a bett er perspective of student 
1 lennife«> ncerns ' 

ileted hei "when I was freshman, I lived on campus and we 
th the hir ie re mostly concerned with food service and housing," 
>achDavi( Ihorton said. "Now those aren't big problems any- 
10 seasoni nore, especially with the new residential project that is 
ide highl| » development. I am interested in knowing what con- 
rns the student now." 

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Jhe SGA Walks also fulfill a requirement of the SGA 
institution to have a meeting day for senators with 
students. In addition to the Meet Your Senator 
which is scheduled for Tuesday, the SGA Walks will 
w students to become acquainted with their sena- 

31 The walks should take place about every other week 
tW Uhe dining and housing facilities, but it has been 
threaded how long they will be available. 

Tamara Carter 

eanfrograms planned to prepare 
u dents for graduate school 

e offices of Graduate Studies and Research and 

liversity Recruiting for Graduate and Adult Studies 

Jl host the Graduate School Preparation Extravaganza 
fscoachin ^ three eyents jp November 

to North On Nov. 3, there will be a GRE practice test at 2 p.m. 
uston HigJ 'the Natchitoches Room of Russell Hall. This program 
he was a> sponsored by Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, 
last year « 'ace is limited, so interested students must register 
5 went 28-* ton. 

he / ec °"J * program titled "Graduate School - What's That All 
iss 5A play , 0ut? " wj || be he | d on Nov 10 j n the President's Room 

the Student Union at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 
ng at Ru9 m. Prospective graduate students will receive tips on 
he women searching graduate majors, applying to programs and 

at Trinij%e par j n g f or entrance exams. 

the Lady, 

lo 2 nation GRE Strategy Sessions" presented by The Princeton 

nior colleg wil1 take P lace Nov - 17 at 10 am " and 2 P >m - in 
id a 33" 6 President's Room of the Student Union. Students 
loss to arch " na ve the opportunity to learn score increasing 
r College i Regies. 

Is. Ml events are free to juniors and seniors. For more 

of coachiiWbrmation, contact: University Recruiting for Graduate 

included Adult Studies at 357-6000 or e-mail 
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|n the Oct. 7 issue of the Sauce, Elizabeth 
&olt's story "Morning-after pill" reported 
fthat the Women's Resource center distrib- 
utes free birth control, but it does not. The 
Sauce apologizes for the mistake. 

NSU, BPCC tie knot at signing 

By Leslie Westbrook 

Photo Editor 

NSU President Randall 
Webb and Bossier Parish 
Community College Chan- 
cellor Tom Carleton signed a 
memorandum of agreement 
Monday that will bring a 
branch of BPCC to NSU's 

The signing ceremony took 
place Wednesday in the Pres- 
ident's Room of Russell Hall. 
Members of the Board of 
Regents and Supervisors, 
former Louisiana state repre- 
sentative Jimmy Long and 
other guests attended the 

Long said Wednesday's 

ceremony marked six years 
of work and dedication 
between both schools to 
make the BPCC-at-NSU tran- 

NSU's selective admis- 
sions will begin in fall 2005. 
BPCC facilities on campus 
will allow students who do 
not meet admissions stan- 
dards to enroll in BPCC at 

Students will take remedi- 
al courses before transferring 
into an NSU curriculum. 

The Sauce reported two 
weeks ago that BPCC plans 
to begin admitting students 
this spring for the fall 2005 

Leslie Westbrook/the Current Sauce 

University President Randall Webb and Chancellor Tom Carleton from Bossier Parish Community College 
sign the official agreement between the two groups to open a branch of BPCC at NSU. 

Passing on the crown 

Leslie Westbrook/ the Current Sauce 

The newly crowned NSU Homecoming queen and king, Ashley Dunham and Brandon Cormier are honored during the halftime presenta- 
tion at the Homecoming football game against McNeese Saturday. They are joined by University President Randall Webb and last year's 
Homecoming queen and king, Jessica Breaux and Lamar Bryant, who passed on their titles. 

For more Homecoming photos, see Page 3 


By Kyle Shirley 

Sauce Reporter 

The SGA Supreme Court is 
being rebuilt after starting 
off this semester with no 
members; all of last semes- 
ter's justices graduated. 

To become a justice, a stu- 
dent must receive a recom- 
mendation from the SGA 
president and then be voted 
in by the senate. 

The SGA has currently 
filled five of the seven posi- 
tions on the court, enough 
members to function under 
the SGA constitution's 

Ashlie Fisher, a senior gen- 
eral studies major, is one of 
the new justices. Fisher said 
she approached SGA Presi- 
dent Mindy McConnell and 
asked to be appointed. 

"I had been on the senate 
before, so I was interested in 
it," Fisher said. 

■ See Court, Page 2 

Police continue investigation 
in White Columns shooting 

Police chief says 
no new 
information is 

By Kyle A. Carter 

News Editor 

There have been no new 
developments concerning the 
shooting on Sept. 24 that left 
one student dead and anoth- 
er injured. 

Chief Keith Thompson of 
the Natchitoches Police 
Department said currently 
the police are waiting to 
review information from 
crime labs in Shreveport and 
Alexandria before comment- 
ing further on the case. 

There have not been any 
further leads into suspects or 
cause. Thompson said the 
Natchitoches Police have no 
new information about the 

The shooting involved 
Roger Lockhart, 18, account- 
ing major, and his roommate 
Gregory Franklin, 19, indus- 
trial engineering technology 

According to police 
reports, after the shooting, 
Lockhart drove himself to the 
Natchitoches Parish Hospital 
where he received emergency 
care for a gun-shoot wound 
to the back. 

Lockhart was then trans- 
ported by ambulance to the 
LSUS Medical Center in 

Lockhart's mother said he 

doing well and is still in 
Shreveport. She also said he 
is unable to make any com- 
ments at this time. 

Lockhart's roommate 
Franklin died as a result from 
a gun-shoot wound to the 

According to police 
reports, Lockhart told police 
that two-armed assailants 
entered their apartment and 
demanded money from the 

Lockhart said he and 
Franklin gave the assailants 
all of their money and were 
then shot. 

This incident took place in 
the two students' apartment 
at the White Columns on Fish 
Hatchen,' Road. 

Both victims were residents 
of New Orleans. 

Judge candidate 
second political 
science lecturer 

By Lora Sheppard 

Opinions Editor 

George L. 
Celles IV, candi- 
date for 10th 
district judge, 
visited NSU 
Monday as the 
second part of a 
Celles lecture series 
presented by the 
Political Science Club. 

Celles, a native of Natchi- 
toches, is an alumnus of NSU 
where he graduated with a 
bachelor's in business. He 
received a law degree from 
LSU in 1985. He served a 

four-year term on the Natchi- 
toches Parish Police Jury and 
is currently the assistant dis- 


trict attorney. 

He said he has a broad civil 
practice as a lawyer includ- 
ing defense litigation, insur- 
ance cases usually dealing in 
personal injury, juvenile 
defense, domestic cases and 
commercial law. 

"As an attorney, I've felt 
we should always serve the 
public," Celles said. 

Celles is a Democrat and a 
member of several organiza- 
tions including the Louisiana 
Bar Association and the 

■ See Speaker, Page 7 

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News — the Current Sauce — Thursday, October 21, 2004 

unity • Church 
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Photography Club 

The photography club has 
weekly meetings on Monday at 7 
p.m. in Room 205 in the CAPA 

The meetings are open to all 

Native American Student and 
Faculty Association 

Meetings are Thursdays at 7 
p.m. in Room 316 of the Student 
Union. For more information call 
Michael Ashworth at (318) 572- 

The Wesley Foundation 

Come and worship on Wednes- 
days at 6:30 p.m. or join a small 
group. Visit our building on Col- 
lege Ave. across from the Alumni 
Center or call us at 352-2888. The 
Foundation is now a hot spot for 
wireless Internet. 


The American Chemical Society 
(ACS) will host its monthly Texas 
Hold 'Em Tournament Oct. 27. $5 
multiple buy-ins begins at 6 p.m. 
at the Rec Center on the by-pass. 

First Place is $100 CASH with 

smaller cash prizes for second, 
third and fourth place. For more 
information email: 

"Celebrate America" 

Come join fellow Americans as 
we celebrate the freedom we have 
in our great nation and help us 
honor those who have served our 
country! "Celebrate America" 
will be held in Magale Recital 
Hall located in the CAPA Build- 
ing on Oct. 29, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. 

FREE patriotic goodies to the 
first 150 people and door prizes 
drawn throughout the program! 
Event sponsored by Phi Mu 
Alpha Sinfonia and Sigma Alpha 
Iota Music Fraternities. 


The Student Technology Advi- 
sory Team (STAT) has allocated 
$200,000 to fund departmental 
and individual grants, awarded 
on a competitive basis, which 
advance the teaching or learning 
process within the mission of the 

All grants are due by Oct. 29th. 
Contact Jennifer Long in the 
library for an application or call 
357-6482 for more information. 


KNWD wants to put your organi- 
zation's information on the air. If 
your organization has a meeting, 

fund raiser, workshop or special 
event you want to publicize send 
the information or a flyer to 

Candice Pauley, PSA director 

Room 109, Kyser Hall 

Office hours: MWF 8-10 a.m. 

TR 9-10 a.m. 

Students for a Free Tibet 

Students for a Free Tibet is an 
international organization fight- 
ing for the rights of the Tibetans. 
Students for a Free Tibet meets 
Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the 
front lobby of Morrison Hall. 

Contact info: Ciel Dafford 354- 
9539; Dr Greg Granger 357-4577 


The SAB will be holding a 
canned food drive from Oct. 25 to 
Nov. 27 in the Student Union 
Lobby. Cans must be turned in to 
the SAB Committee Room 232 by 
4:30 p.m. 


The Student Government Asso- 
ciation will hold "Meet Your Sen- 
ator Day" on Tuesday from 11 
a.m. to 1 p.m. outside of Vic's in 
the Student Union. 

Bring Connections to Kyser 225, or 
e-mail them to 


From Page 1 

Senior biology major Marc John- 
son followed a similar path to 

Johnson said he has spent much 
of his time over the past several 
years in the SGA office getting to 
know the senators. 

"I heard that they needed people 
for the Supreme Court, and I went 
and asked Mindy, and she appoint- 
ed me, and I was voted in by the 
senators," Johnson said. "It's a sim- 
ple little story. Not very dramatic." 

Fisher said the Supreme Court 
does not have regularly scheduled 

Instead, the justices meet only 
when the SGA calls upon them to 
do so. 

"If some kind of conflict arises, 
or if some kind of interpretation is 
needed with the constitution or 

just anything in general dealing 
with the SGA, we convene and 
make a decision on that," Fisher 

Johnson said he believes the 
court's function is to clarify confus- 
ing matters for the senate. 

"We're not super active or any- 
thing, because they only call us 
when they need something," John- 
son said. 

Johnson said serving on the 
Supreme Court is strictly volunteer 
work, since justices do not keep 
office hours and do not receive pay. 

"We get to hang out in the 
office," Johnson said. "You know 
who the justices are around here, 
because we're just hanging out." 

The court has not met this 
semester, but Fisher said the jus- 
tices will meet to elect a chief jus- 

tice soon. 

"I'm trying to get with Mindy to 
see if she is going to be appointing 
anyone else in the near future," 
Fisher said. "If not, then we're 
going to meet and elect someone." 

After electing a chief justice, the 
court will address an issue regard- 
ing appointments in the SGA. 

Johnson said the issue is fairly 

McConnell said the other justices 
are senior Kelli Miller and fresh- 
men Raylie MacDonald and 
Jonathan Tullier. 

Johnson said, "I have full faith in 
every justice on the Supreme 
Court. They're appointed by the 
senators, and I trust them. I trust 
their judgment." 



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Local Habitat for Humanity 
chapter calls on student help 

By Savanna Mahaffey 

Sauce Reporter 

Beginning Monday, NSU stu- 
dents will have the opportunity to 
help the Natchitoches Parish 
branch of Habitat for Humanity 
build homes for those in need. 

The Collegiate Challenge is a 
year-round break program of Habi- 
tat for Humanity for groups of five 
or more students at least 16 years 
old to volunteer their time working 
on a home in the state of their 

According to the Habitat for 
Humanity Web site, more than 
11,000 high school and college stu- 

dents participated during the 2004 
spring break. 

The Natchitoches Parish branch 
of Habitat for Humanity has 
already added two homes to the 
local community. The first house 
was built on the outskirts of 
Natchitoches, and the second was 
built on Bossier Street. A third 
home is currently in the works on 
Bossier Street. 

The local organization is now 
accepting applications for volun- 
teers on a fourth home, which will 
be built in conjunction with the 
National Lions Club. The club is 
paying for 75 percent of the house. 
The location of the home has not 

yet been determined. 
Coordinator of Natchitoches ParisjJ 
Habitat for Humanity Glenrose Pm 
said that the construction of thj 
homes is made possible by the heW 
of students from both NSU and tU 
Louisiana School for Math, ScienJ 
and the Arts as well as members oj 
the community. 

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Humanity. They volunteer labd 
and hold fundraisers for the prJ 

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■ See Habitat, Page] 

NSU Police Blotter 

9:24 a.m. 

There was a wreck in the Caddo 
Hall parking lot. 
11:56 a.m. 

A wreck was reported involving 
a black SUV. 
1:20 p.m. 

A post office employee acciden- 
tally hit a card slider and broke it. 
An accident report was made, and 
statements were taken. 

10:15 p.m. 

A CA from the Columns called 
to report three men in the parking 
lot moving and throwing things. 
Three officers were dispatched to 
look for the suspects. 


2:03 a.m. 

A motorcycle crashed on Behan 
7:40 a.m. 

Vandalism was reported at the 
golf course. 
9:42 a.m. 

There was a wreck in front of 
Kyser involving a white vehicle 
and a silver neon. There were no 
11:36 a.m. 

The back windshield was busted 
out of a blue Nissan Altima parked 
close to Caddo Hall. 

9:15 p.m. 

There was a wreck in Rapides 
parking lot involving a red truck 
and a Ford Thunderbird. 
11:24 p.m. 

The manager of the Columns 
called to report residents who had 
alcohol. An officer was dispatched, 
but the suspects were gone. 

11:49 p.m. 
A student adviser for the 
Louisiana School called to report a 
group of girls outside Caddo Hall 
being loud. 


9:05 a.m. 

The fire alarm went off at Rapi- 
2:14 p.m. 

There was a fight in front of the 
Student Union. 

4:39 p.m. 
A female resident of Sabine 
called to report that another stu- 
dent was harassing her. 

5:24 p.m. 

There was a wreck behind the 
Health and Human Performance 
10:09 p.m. 

An RA from Rapides reported 
alcohol on campus. 
11:02 p.m. 

A CA from the Columns called 
to report a resident having a 
seizure in front of building six. 

Paramedics were en route. 


2:54 a.m. 

A car was found rolled with tis 
sue paper and shaving cream. 

7:39 a.m. 
A desk worker at Sabine callei 
in reference to someone stealin| 
hubcaps off of a vehicle. An office 
was en route. 

7:48 a.m. 
There was a wreck in the TEC 
building parking lot. 

4:28 p.m. 
Another wreck was reported 
There were no injuries. 

An RA from Sabine callei 
requesting an ambulance for a stu 
dent. Paramedics were en route. 

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ABOVE: Members of the NSU homecoming 
court Travis Caglin and Carrie Beth Burns are 
escorted through the homecoming parade 
that preceded a pep rally Friday. 
Photo by Leslie Westbrook. 

BELOW: Demon fans painted themselves 
Purple to show support for the football team 
Saturday during the Northwestern vs. 
McNeese Homecoming game. 
Photo by Cheryl Thompson. 

FAR RIGHT: NSU Homecoming queen and 
king Ashley Dunham and Brandon Cormier 
were honored on the football field during 
halftime at Saturday's homecoming game. 
Photo by Cheryl Thompson. 

RIGHT: Phi Mu member Kristen Tarou imper- 
sonates Elvis Presley at the SAB sponsored lip 
sync contest that was held in the Student 
Union Ballroom Oct. 12 to kick off the 2004 
Homecoming week. 
Photo by Leslie Westbrook. 


Thursday, October 21, 2004 
the Current Sauce 


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How about democracy 

for a change? 

By Justin 

As a young Amer- 
ican, I have been 
bombarded lately 
with appeals from politicians, 
musicians and actors to go out on 
Nov. 2 and vote. To their credit, 
many do not push a political agen- 
da upon me; they just want me to 
participate in this grand democra- 
cy. Without fail, every one of them 
utters that marvelous lie that 
keeps this country going: every 
vote counts. 

As we all know, the American 
people do not vote for the presi- 
dent directly. Rather, we vote for a 
group of electors who pledge to 
vote for a certain candidate at the 
Electoral College. It is this vote, 
not the popular vote, which deter- 
mines the next president. 

I will not bore you with another 
argument about how this system 
is completely anachronistic in the 
information age. For some 
unknown reason people still cling 
to this relic as a necessary part of 
our government, and it seems 
unlikely that it will be discarded 
anytime soon. Therefore, if we 
have to live with it, I would like to 
propose a reform that would 
bestow a bit more legitimacy on 
the process. 

The main problem with the 
Electoral College is that it disen- 
franchises a ridiculous number of 
people. The vast majority of states 
have decided to make their presi- 
dential elections into an all or 
nothing game. The candidate who 
receives the most votes gets all of 
the states electors. In this system, 
the person who receives 51 per- 
cent of the popular vote gets 100 
percent of that state's representa- 
tion in the Electoral College. Is 
this really democratic? Doesn't it 
make more sense to divide elec- 
toral representation between the 
parties to represent the popular 
vote? In a state with four electoral 
votes where one candidate gets 75 

percent of the vote and the other 
25 percent, isn't it just logical to 
give the first candidate three elec- 
tors and the other one? Doesn't 
this better represent the will of the 

It is easy to accept the estab- 
lished electoral system until you 
break it down to the personal 
level. For example, I was in 
Austin, Texas not too long ago, 
and I was struck by how liberal 
the community was. I thought it 
was amazing that tens of thou- 
sands of Democrats lived in the 
heart of the stronghold of Neo- 
Conservatism. As I walked the 
streets of the city, I realized that 
these people would likely never 
have a say in who was elected 
president. No matter how many 
Democrats flock to Austin, they 
will always be outnumbered by 
Republicans. Even if every one of 
them turned out to vote on Nov. 2, 
they would never be able to cap- 
ture a single electoral vote under 
the current system in Texas. 

So does your vote count? Not if 
you are a Democrat in Texas or a 
Republican in Massachusetts. So 
long as we allow our states to be 
divided into monolithic political 
strongholds, the only places where 
the votes of the American people 
will matter are in the handful of 
"battleground states" where nei- 
ther party holds a clear majority. 
Call me pessimistic or a trouble- 
maker, but I think we can do better 
than this. We are the oldest 
Democracy in the modern world; 
we should have a political system 
that represents the will of the peo- 
ple. Every vote should count, but 
until we reform our system in such 
a way that it benefits the American 
people and not the political par- 
ties, we will never realize this ide- 
alistic goal. 

Justin Shatweli is a Louisiana 
Scholars' College student. His 
opinions do not necessarily rep- 
resent the Sauce staff or the Uni- 

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Thanks for your consideration. 

By J. Aaron "Q" 

I got a letter from 
a regular reader 
who was pretty 
upset at last week's 
column. She said 
that it sounded like I was trying to 
defend Saddam Hussein, and the 
gist of Mr. Hargis' piece (to some 
degree also a response since he 
was given my column to read 
before publication) would seem to 
follow similar lines. I now find 
myself actually forced to state that 
my point was not that I think Sad- 
dam Hussein seems like a swell 
guy. My point was that Bush and 
the rest of the Republican machine 
cast him as a threat by distorting 
the truth presented to the Ameri- 
can public. 

This is the plight in which 
Bush's spin-doctors have placed 
the contemporary dissenter: agree 
with your idiot leader or agree 
with the murdering terrorists. 
Sounds like a Catch-22, but I'm 
living proof that there's a middle 

I don't know how many times I 
can say it: we were lied to. The 
Republicans have engaged in 
every scummy, underhanded trick 
in the book since they took control 
of the American government, not 
only fanning the flames of xeno- 
phobia in the wake of an extremist 
attack but also playing havoc with 
procedural rules to push their 
agenda (i.e. the Medicare bill). 
This administration has created a 
color-coded "alert system" to tell 
us how afraid to be on any given 

We are being played like a vio- 
lin, and I cannot understand how 
people miss it. I like to think that 
people are basically intelligent, 
and the susceptibility of the Amer- 
ican populace to this blatant politi- 
cal maneuvering simply astounds 

I'd also like to address the 
ridiculous assertion that electing 
Kerry will somehow make another 
terrorist attack more likely. 
There's already a point-by-point 
set of recommendations from the 
9-11 Commission that both candi- 
dates have agreed should and will 

be implemented. Besides, the ter- 
rorism fervor has been stoked to 
such heights that, regardless of 
who wins the office, the next presi- 
dent will have no choice but to 
comply with the high security 
standards the public is demand- 
ing, even if he were some sort of 
maladjusted psychopath bent on 
terrorist rule. 

My editors have chosen an 
unfortunate time to provide a foil 
for my libertarian rantings. I have 
only one column remaining with 
which to convince you that Bush is 
the worst thing to happen to 
America since Nixon, so I must 
limit my response to Mr. Hargis 
instead of giving him the rebuttal 
he so richly deserves. He does an 
excellent job of tracing the para- 
noid xenophobic buildup that led 
to a populace capable of being 
cowed so easily by a government 
trying to scare them, but he says 
little other than that he, too, has 
been cowed. 

Indeed, the ideological threat of 
the "commies" is quite akin to that 
of "terrorists" with one important 
strategic difference: terrorists have 

no territory to defend, no estab- 
lishment to protect, no material 
future that we can attack. Their 
mission is solely destructive, their 
territory nonexistent, and as such 
they make much better bogeymen. 

On a side note, the fact that he 
can say Saddam did anything with 
"no accountability" strikes me as 
wildly ironic, and I'm sure Sad- 
dam, in whatever U.S.-controlled 
sleep-deprivation chamber he's 
being kept, would find it even 
more so. 

People don't like the Ridiculous 
Rush segment, so you can all start 
listening to him yourself if you 
need to keep tabs on just how 
dumb he is. This is what happens 
when you mail me at sauce- to tell me what 
you think. And what the hell are 
"cherry pickers of the truth?" if you have any- 
thing to say. 

J. Aaron Brown is a Louisiana 
Scholars' College student. His 
opinions do not necessarily rep- 
resent the Sauce staff or the Uni- 

By T. Hargis 

Dead man... dead 
man walking! 

"What does it 
mean, my brother, to 
say you have faith if 
there are no deeds? Faith without 
works is dead." No ladies and gen- 
tlemen that is not a quote from the 
Bible but from John Kerry trying 
way too hard to sound religious in 
the shadow of a man who lets his 
actions prove his faith. 

Look, I'm not picking on Kerry 
because he's a Christian, I just 
want Kerry to stop saying he's 
Catholic. Sitting in a Catholic 
church on Sunday and saying you 
were an altar boy when you grew 
up does not make you any more 
Catholic than me sitting in my 
driveway on Sunday making 
engine sounds makes me a 
Corvette. Before I make my case, 
let it be heard round the world. I 
am pro-life. If you want to be pro 
abortion in this country may God 
bless us for our freedom. But if 
you want to be Catholic you can- 
not be anything but pro-life, there 
is no option. 
"I believe that choice is a 

woman's choice. It's between a 
woman, God and her doctor. And 
that's why I support that. Now, I 
will not allow somebody to come 
in and change Roe v. Wade. . . I 
will not. I will defend the right of 
Roe v. Wade." Of course, that was 
again Mr. Kerry during the final 
debate on his personal stance of 
abortion. He has said on several 
occasions that he believes person- 
ally abortion to be wrong but 
could not legislate that on anyone 
else. Funny, I thought you were 
elected to lead the people of this 
country based on your beliefs and 
stances on the issues. So now I'm 
confused, he personally believes 
abortion to be wrong but he will 
defend the right to have one from 
anyone who tries to repeal it. In all 
his years in the Senate he has 
never voted once to place any 
restrictions on abortion practices. 
"Faith without works is dead," 
remember. So what is his faith? 

Brother Webster defines faith as 
"a fidelity to one's promises or sin- 
cerity of intentions." In the 
Catholic faith, when you receive 
communion you say in effect you 
agree with everything the Church 
teaches and stands for and in 

effect are now in communion with 
its beliefs. So Kerry, who takes 
communion, is now in open con- 
flict with the very church of which 
he professes to be a member. 

Heresy according to Canon law 
is the "obstinate denial or doubt, 
after receiving baptism, of a truth 
to be believed by divine and part 
of the Catholic faith." Obstinate 
denial is when you know what the 
church teaches is true and by your 
own disobedience choose to 
endure over time in a practice 
opposite that of the church. In a 
press release Monday the Vatican 
commented on a petition of clarifi- 
cation on heresy and public 
stances. It says "A Catholic who 
publicly professes the right to 
choose heresy is automatically 
excommunicated, not by any dec- 
laration of the Church per se, but 
by the acts committed by the indi- 
vidual, and thus being in a state of 
mortal sin is ineligible to receive 
any of the Sacraments of the 
Church, including reception of the 
Eucharist, marriage, absolution 
from sin, and even Christian bur- 
ial until the error is recanted and 
excommunication is lifted." 

John, there are 33,000 different 

Christian denominations in the 
world; surely you can find one 
that will fit you. I mean if you 
don't like what your faith teaches 
just go to the cafeteria line of faith 
and pick and choose what you 
want to believe in. Just don't call 
yourself Catholic, because you 
aren't. Furthermore, because you 
are leading people to believe they 
can have this dual life I must bring 
up another Bible verse since you 
got to use one: "Man cannot serve 
two masters; he will love one and 
hate the other." If today you were 
being prosecuted for what you 
believe in would there be enough 
evidence to convict you? More 
importantly, if you profess to be 
Catholic would you be convicted 
of being in communion? In regard 
to next week I'm going to take a 
week off of politics and move to 
holidays. Can someone tell me 
why we are having a harvest fest 
and what do we harvest anyway? if 
you feel the need to comment. 

Thomas Hargis is a senior gen- 
eral studies major. His opinions 
do not necessarily represent the 
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Thursday, October 21, 2004— the Current Sauce — Opinions 

Letters to the Editor 

Coach Stoker issues thanks to students 
for Homecoming 

On behalf of your Demon football team, I want to 
thank everyone, especially the students, for their great 
support last Saturday in our Homecoming game 
against McNeese. Reporters ask me why we do so 
well at home in Turpin Stadium and it's an easy 
answer — because of the great support like we saw 

That turnout and the intensity of our fans cheering 
for us helped our team play to the level we must to 
bring back the Southland Conference championship 
to Northwestern. I've already heard many of you are 
going to be with us Thursday night in Thibodaux 
when we play at Nicholls State, and I deeply appreci- 
ate that and our players do, too. 

But there's no place like home and playing in what 
we like to call "the Demons' Den," Turpin Stadium. 
You make it a great place for us to play. We're on 
regional TV Thursday night (Fox Sports Net, Channel 
23 in Natchitoches) and we go to North Dakota State 
next weekend. We're already looking forward to our 
final two regular-season home games, Nov. 6 against 
a very good Texas State team and Nov. 13 against a 
nationally-ranked and explosive Sam Houston State 
team. Those are huge steps for us on our path toward 
the conference championship and we need your sup- 
port on those two Saturdays at Turpin Stadium. 

Thanks again for your support! Go Demons! 

Scott Stoker 

NSU Demon football coach 

Student comments on Q's "Lincoln-Dou- 
glas It Ain't" column 

J. Aaron Brown, you read transcripted excerpts from 
the debates, as told by C-Span. As such, you couldn't 
possibly make any kind of founded opinion on the 
debates, since all you got was the version trimmed 
down by one of the most liberal news networks 
around. However, I see that didn't stop you. You 
asked about any, "nuances of Bush's stupidity." Ok, 
we get it. Bush is not the most eloquent of all presi- 
dents, and he's not the most skilled at working the 
press. Do his sub-par oratory skills automatically 
translate into stupidity? 

I don't think so. Frankly, I wonder about anyone 
who would rather put a good speaker with abhorrent 
ideals and no real stand on anything in the White 
House rather than a true leader with firm beliefs you 
can count on, just because he's not the greatest speak- 
er around. After all, Hitler was a great public speak- 
er. Do we really want to trust that as a measure of a 
man's worth? 

J. Aaron, I didn't see any "ear wiggling", but I did 
see a man who took his time and thought about his 

answer before spouting off some prefabricated non- 
answer, like Kerry repeatedly did. I too think that 
Kerry used the word "better" too many times, espe- 
cially when you put it into context. Kerr}' harped 
constantly on the fact that he has a "better" plan. 
Mind you, he never deemed it appropriate to clue us 
in as to what that better plan might be, but instead 
directed us to his website. Apparently, if you're not 
willing to play hide and seek with Kerry's better plan, 
you're not worth telling it to. That quite a way to 
alienate potential voters. 

You say terrorism is a hobbyhorse. I (and the 
majority of Americans) say it's a major issue worth 
prioritizing. Terrorism is not a hobbyhorse. It's a 
very real threat. Come talk to me about the terrorism 
hobbyhorse when it hits home for you. How callous 
and hardhearted of you to ridicule the grief and shock 
of the millions of people who have been directly 
affected by your little hobbyhorse of terrorism. What 
a cold, cold thing to say. 

Fast forward to your reaction to Rush Limbaugh's 
comments about Kerry. To that I have to wonder: 
who really wants a president whose main objective 
before addressing the nation is how his nails look? 
Why exactly were you flabbergasted at the use of the 
word primp? Last I checked, getting a manicure 
qualified as primping. Yes, Rush is a jerk. That's his 
schtick. It's what he does. So I'm actually with you 
on the doomed rowboat ride with Michael Moore. I 
don't necessarily want to see Rush gone, but he's a 
sacrifice I'd be willing to make to get rid of Moore 
and his radical extremist left-wing propaganda. It's a 
fair trade, I think. 

In defense of Beau Boudreaux, saying you disagree 
with allowing gay marriage does not automatically 
qualify one as a bigot. The dictionary defines a bigot 
as anyone who is intolerant of any opinions differeng 
from his own. That sounds alot more like your writ- 
ings on a very consistent basis than does Beau's state- 
ment. He simply disagreed wiht the idea that we, on 
a governmental level, should allow gay marriages. I 
read Beau's letter. In it, he said, "Heterosexuals and 
homosexuals both need to look past the sexual orien- 
tation of those we encounter and relate to them as a 
complete [human] being." Those do not sound like 
the words of a bigot to me. In fact, if you really read 
Beau's letter, you'll see that he voted like he did, not 
based on his opinions of gays (which I never read as 
holistically negative) but rather on how his morals 
steered him in reference to an institution in which he 
has a vested interest (marriage). 

Agree with him or don't (I do), but don't call him a 
bigot without adequate evidence to support your 
impetuous knee-jerk accusation, you say allowing 
gay marriage doesn't hurt anyone. No, it doesn't hurt 
any one person. It hurts an entire institution invented 
by the church, and as such, shoud be protected from 
any governmental intrusion, no matter how haughty 
and self-righteous the driving force behind it. 

As a footnote, why does Brown have this running 
column, which is radical, extremist, and far more left- 

wing than most people are comfortable with, when 
56% of the student body (or at least the ones who care 
enough to speak up) are planning on voting for the 
Republican candidate? I saw Brown at NSU's Grad- 
Fest last week, and took that to mean he's graduating 
this semester. Congratulations, and take your propa- 
ganda with you. Perhaps someone will step into your 
"Filler" column and represent that 56% of the student 
body, instead of dedicating a quarter page every week 
to your radical, hate-mongering fodder. 

Jenny Rhea 

2nd year Graduate Student 
Clinical Psychology 

Student responds to T. Hargis' column 

I would like to respond to T. Harris' article concern- 
ing President Bush and the "true story" this writer 
has offered as legitimate belief. First off, I hope it is 
discerning to someone else that Bush and logical 
argument are in the same article which criticizes 
Kerry's faith. I am not sure if the candidates were 
supposed to be juxtaposed but if I understand correct- 
ly, then the President did not do anything wrong. I 
am glad our friend has cleared that up and now we 
can all go vote for Bush and live in our Utopian socie- 
ty. The society which instituted the Patriot Act and is 
attempting to pass the Victory Act which trades per- 
sonal freedoms and privacy for socio-political slavery 
increases unilateralism and nationalization. 

Why does a country increase its deficit and tax the 
working class while giving the largest cuts to the 
wealthiest 1%? Because they can, because they will, 
because if they didn't they might have to do some- 
thing helpful. Does it really matter if we the people 
use our undeniable right of suffrage to choose the 
candidate which best suits our country? No, not at 
all, in the 2000 election Bush did not win the popular 
vote; so if Bush does win this election year it will be 
the first time he is voted into office. 

What a glorious moment, his first official win, we 
should all be so lucky as to celebrate November third 
as National Single Shot .44 to the Head Day. Maybe 
Hargis is a soccer fan and that is why he is upset with 
Iraq; they reached the semi-finals of the Olympics 
without having played in one since 1988 while the 
American team failed to qualify. I like sports, I dislike 
politics, they do not have recounts in sports, someone 
wins and someone loses and maybe there is a fight at 
the end. 

I apologize for the utter randomness in this 
response but I cannot understand that which restricts 
my freedom. The President has lost over 1000 Ameri- 
can lives in this conflict that does not affect the young 
men and woman of this country. Maybe we should 
send Halliburton in to do the work since they are 
making billions off Iraq. I bet they would make it all 
better, and who knows, maybe a former CEO could 
gain power of a country and illegally give huge con- 

tracts to that same company. 

I don't know, I'm just ignorant, I'm just an Ameri- 
can, and I am waiting for the sounds of November 
third celebrations. God Bless this country. 

Skylar de Bran 


Student comments on Boudreaux and Q's 
gay marriage amendment stances 

I would like to comment on the political disarray 
present on the NSU campus (or at least that which I 
can gather from the online fashion of this publica- 
tion). As an alumnus of this university, I enjoy read- 
ing the opinions of the students as presented in The 
Current Sauce. Recent;y I have enjoyed the barbs 
between Mr. Beau Boudreaux and your own Filler Q'. 
As I know both of these men, I will give them severe 
props for having their own viewpoints and sticking 
by their convictions... this is truly noble. However, 
each of them is stuck in a mire of zealotness that pre- 
vents them from taking an open mind to the other's 

The primary topic of late has been the gay mar- 
riage amendment. I will go on record as saying that 
Mr. Brown (he's living in America) has a closer opin- 
ion to mine. I was appalled that the citizens of 
Louisiana felt the need to butt into the business of 
their fellow man. As a straight man, I see no reason 
that I should be opposed to gay marriage; it doesn't 
affect me, and I'm really not concerned (unless I were 
to get Ruffied, drug off to Hawaii, and forced to get 
hitched and commit many acts against my will, but 
really, how often does that happen?). 

As a conservative, if you had you way, the idea of 
'marriage' would not involve government benefits, 
but would rather just be a word. There would be no 
downside to it; it would not come out of the taxpay- 
er's pocket. All it would take is a little TOLERANCE. 
For the liberal, perhaps your ideas wouldn't be 
opposed so much if you STOP HANDING OUT 

I would like to ask this of each member of this 
campus... how does two men or women getting mar- 
ried really affect YOU? Will it make you unable to 
perform your job? to pursue life, liberty, and happi- 
ness? to have your own happy marriage to the 
man/woamn of your choice? 

If not, please recognize that the gay community is 
a real part of society, and grant them the respect and 
brotherhood that you would any other member of the 
human race. 

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Is there such thing 
as "too much of a 
good thing?" 

Dear Tallulah, 

I am a freshman in college. My 
girlfriend of two years and I live in 
the same apartment now that we 
went off to college. Ever since we 
have the opportunity to have as 
much sex as we want, she seems to 
be taking full advantage of it. I 
don't know if I can keep up with 
her. I'm worried that this will hurt 
our relationship, and I'm kind of 
embarrassed by it. What should I 
do? This isn't something that I can 
just talk to her about. 


Dear Droopy, 

Congratulations! You are living 
with a hot little sex kitten and you 
are lucky enough to live in the era 
of Viagra. And, hey, you are never 
too young to start. Most guys are 
probably shaking their heads at 
your so-called problems, but chin 
up, you are not alone and I am 
here to help. 

It is common for people to meas- 
ure their partner against some 
ideal of what a woman or man 
should be; for example, most 
women maintain that men are 
always ready to have sex. This 
leads to frustration and conflict, 
though, when that ideal is not ful- 
filled. Also, there is no such thing 
as a sexual relationship in which 
the couple wants the same thing at 
the same time. There is no reason 
to be ashamed about the fact that 
your sex drive is not in sync with 
that of your girlfriend. 

I noticed that you said you do 
not want to talk to your girlfriend 
about this issue, but you have 
been dating for a while and should 
be able to have a rational discus- 
sion with her. In other words, after 
two years of daring I am sure the 
two of you have learned the fine 
art of compromise. If you keep this 
problem to yourself and let it fes- 
ter it could explode at an inoppor- 
tune moment. Then, your girl- 
friend will wonder why you did 
not trust her enough to discuss 
your feelings with her. So, to pre- 
vent the future outbreak of war, 
you may want to sit down and 
deal with what you and your girl- 
friend will do when one is 
amorous and the other is not. 
However, communicating your 
feelings to your girlfriend may 
backfire, and could leave her feel- 
ing disappointed, angry, and unat- 
tractive. In the end, you both may 
wind up feeling inadequate. 
Whichever path you choose, you 
have been warned, proceed with 

But do not worry, Droopy, I have 
not forgotten that you said you 
simply can not talk to your girl- 
friend about this. That was just a 
little side advice, in case you 
change your mind. So, if you 
would rather suffer through 
unwanted sex a dozen times a 
week, I have a suggestion for you. 
Whenever your girlfriend gets that 
loving feeling, and you do not, do 
something for her. In other words, 
I am sure you are aware that there 
are other ways to pleasure your 
girlfriend. This way you can save 
your energy for more important 
things. . .like studying. 



P.S. ~ Though I recommended 
Viagra jokingly, if you honestly 
feel that you are in need of that 
kind of help, you may want to 
look into herbal supplements. 
However, I do not personally rec- 
ommend this for someone so 
young because it can lead to sexu- 
al problems later in life, and I 
doubt you really have that much 
of a problem. Please consult a doc- 
tor before you go to this extreme. 

'Disclaimer: While this is an advice 
column, I am not a professional psy- 
chologist or psychiatrist, and I base 
my advice solely on my own personal 
experience and research that I have 
done. *Have any questions about life, 
love, or sex? Tell Tallulah and send her 
an e-mail at 

Fun for the fans 

NSU students, friends and family enjoy pre-game activities 

Leslie Westbrook/ the Current Sauce 

Many fans take advantage of the new tailgating area behind the fieldhouse. This past weekend Demon fans enjoyed cooking out and mingling with other fans. 

By Samantha Foley 

Sauce Reporter 

Live music, sunshine, good food 
and friends is the perfect recipe for 
a great time tailgating at an NSU 
football game. 

NSU students and alumni gath- 
ered to support the Demons before 
the NSU homecoming game Satur- 
day. From bands to barbeque, it 
was all there. Organizations had 
tents set up from 10 a.m. all the way 
through the game. 

NSU Assistant Athletic Director 
Jennifer Downs encourages stu- 
dents to come out before every 
game and cheer the Demons to vic- 


Downs said students are allowed 
to bring food, cooking equipment, 
music, tents, chairs and anything 
necessary to have a good time tail- 

Director of Alumni Affairs Chris 
Maggio said the alumni association 
actively promotes tailgating before 
all home football games. The asso- 
ciation has an alumni tailgating 
spot on the field, and serves food at 
all home games. 

"All alumni and friends are wel- 
come to join us for burgers, hot 
dogs and sausage before the 
game," Maggio said. "I think if the 
students came out that they would 

be pleasantly pleased with a great 

NSU students find tailgating a 
fun time to mingle with other stu- 
dents and cheer for the Demons. 

Billy Barker, a junior English 
major, said, "I love to tailgate for 
home games; that is where the 
party is." 

Tirnmy Hawkins, senior general 
studies major, said tailgating is an 
event for not only spending time 
with your friends but your family, 

Also, organizations can show 
their support at Demon football 
games by tailgating. 

"Tailgating is a great way for me 

and my fraternity brothers to get 
together before the game and get us 
pumped up to cheer for the 
Demons," Cory LeCount senior 
general studies major said. 

Mandy Ward, junior journalism 
major, says tailgating is a great way 
to show school spirit. 

"Northwestern needs more 
school spirit and tailgating is a fun 
way to get students more involved 
in campus activities," Ward said. 

Students are invited to take 
advantage of the activities at the 
next Demon home game. 

Downs said, "You can tailgate 
anywhere except on the practice 
field so come out and have fun." 

Flashing back to the past 

By Michael Arcement 

Sauce Reporter 
Raquel Hill 

Life Editor 

Here's a blast from the past: 
answer these questions to figure 
your flashback trivia IQ. 

Once upon a decade: 

Question 1: What was the most 
popular brand of jeans during the 

Question 2: Which black Miss 
America was forced to give up her 
crown for posing nude in "Pent- 
house" magazine? 

Question 3: Whose hair was set 
ablaze during a 1984 Pepsi com- 

If you were able to answer all 
three of these, you are probably 
still walking around with 
a mullet-cut and leg 
warmers. If you 
got two out of 
three correct, fll^^H 
you proba- S 
bly caugh; £ 

episodes ' ] 

of "Miami \ 
Vice" or "Family 
Ties" during their 
original seasons. If you 
could only answer one ques- 
tion, you were probably still in 
diapers during the 80s. 

The year 1984 defined the entire 
80s decade. It was the year that 
gave us the break-up of AT&T into 
22 "Baby Bells," the classic Wendy's 
"Where's the Beef?" commercial 
and classic stonewashed "Guess?" 
Jeans. It was also the year Vanessa 
Williams became the first black 
Miss America and subsequently the 
first to resign the crown. Another 
unfortunate incident was when 
Michael Jackson's hair caught fire 
during a Pepsi commercial shoot. 

USA's Mary Lou Retton won two 
gold, two silver and two bronze 
medals becoming the first non-east- 
ern-European female gymnast to 
win the all-around event at the 
summer Olympics in Los Angeles. 
Probably the most lasting 80s 
image, however, is Apple's famous 
30-second "1984" commercial 
which aired only once during the 
third quarter of the Super Bowl on 
Jan. 22. The "water cooler talk" for 
weeks afterward made it the top 

commercial of the decade and 
spawned "event driven advertis- 

Even with these events 
occurring outside of the Natchi- 
toches area, a few important things 
were happening at NSU during the 
same time. Former University 
president Joseph Orze brought the 
newly conceived Louisiana School 
for Math, Science, and the Arts to 
our campus. The honors high 
school for juniors and seniors was 
housed in Prudhomme and Bossier 
Halls while the old Natchitoches 
Central High building was being 
renovated for the job. The founding 
class included 207 jun- 
iors. These 
be the 
first sen- 
ior class 
the follow- 
ing year. 
At this 
time, beer 
was served on 
campus and 
even adver- 
tised in the Cur- 
rent Sauce, and if 
you were look- 
ing for something to 
do, many students made a 
trip to the newly built, non-super 

The year that roared: '94. 

Move on to a different decade 
and test your flashback 

Question 1: 
Which NBC sit- a 
com took audi- 
ences to a new 
level of 

Question 2: ^ 
Which profes- 1f£ 
sional figure 
skater was 
placed in the hos- 
pital after receiving 
a severe beating? 

Question 3: Life was a 
box of chocolates for this Acad- 
emy award winning film? 

Think you got some answers 
right this time? Think back to the 
90s, particularly 1994, which was 
declared "International year of the 

On the small screen, such sitcoms 
as "Seinfeld" ruled the ratings and 
made television a "must see" with 
help from the "Friends" debut on 
NBC. "Melrose Place" was a sinful 
address and males became sex sym- 
bols on NYPD 
Blue. While tel- 
evision epito- 
mized friend- 
ship and come- 
dy, a serious 
strike was called 
against Tanya 
Harding a for- 
mer profes- 
sional ice- 
skater, and 
her scan- 
d a 1 o u s 
pounding of 
fellow figure 
skater, Nancy Ker- 

At the box office, 
John Travolta returned in Quin 
ton Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction," and 
Tom Hanks was "Forest Gump." 
Comedian Jim Carrey ruled the box 
office with 3 movies: "Ace Ventura: 
Pet Detective," "The Mask," and 
"Dumb & Dumber." In other parts 
of the country, rock fans came 
together for the 25th anniversary of 
Woodstock, which was full of music 
and mud. Those same fans also 
mourned the loss of their beloved 
Kurt Cobain, lead singer and gui- 
tarist for 


Two of the biggest car chases of 
all time also occurred in 1994. One 
example was the high-speed bus 
with a bomb in the movie "Speed." 
The low-speed white Ford Bronco 

on the Los Angles Freeway had 
audiences glued to their seats. The 
infamous O.J. Simpson double- 
homicide case was all national pub- 
lications and television stations 
could focus on. However, the Lore- 
na Bobbitt scandal caught the 
media's attention 
when she 
went on 
trial for 
<M m ^ sever- 

II f in g her 
fff h u s - 

' / band's 
/ penis. She 
§ was later 
under grounds 
k of temporary 

At the 
same time, dur- 
ing '94, NSU got 
an on-campus housing 
development. The University 
Columns opened with rooms 
between $167-$244 per month per 
student. At the time, dorm rates 
were about $820, or $490 per semes- 
ter per student. Aramark improved 
dining services by increasing the 
variety of foods in Le Rendezvous 
from one to three eateries. They 
added a hamburger and a fried 
chicken eatery to the current pizza 
eatery. Iberville Hall was converted 
from a cafeteria to a food court with 
seven different eateries. The faculty 
was given a barricaded parking lot 
next to the Student Union. The 
cashiers' office and the comput- 
er center switched places. 
Morrison and the Student 
Union were remodeled. 

Things are fine in 

Now comes the 
easy part. Think back five 
years ago to 1999. Ask your- 
self these questions to find out 
if your memory is weak or not. 
Question 1: A few millionaires 
were made with the creation of this 
show. What show was it? 

Question 2: American's were 
afraid of what "bug?" 

Question 3: What movie con- 
tained characters called "Mr. 

■ See Flashback, Page 7 



Punk Rock 

Fitness with 

So you walk into your yoga class 
after a long, hard day at school or 
work, place your mat on the floor, 
wait for the instructor to greet 
you and turn on the melodic 
sounds of the rainforest or the 
Asian countryside. Instead, your 
instructor pulls out a collection of 
CD's including MxPx, Blink 182, 
and Ashlee Simpson. You turn to 
look at your classmates, and you 
realize you stepped into the 
wrong class. This class isn't your 
typical yoga class — it's a Punk 
Rock Yoga class — and you're in 
for a trip! 

A New Era: 

There is a new genre in the 
world of physical fitness. After all 
the craziness of meditation yoga, 
power yoga, baby yoga, kickbox- 
ing yoga, a new yoga has devel- 
oped to evoke the minds of young 
people willing to have some fun 
with physical exercise. 

These classes are usually held at 
a nightclub for all ages and target 
teenagers and adults who normal- 
ly would not be caught dead at a 
health of fitness club. 

The Sounds: 

Punk Rock Yoga takes in all the 
elements of yoga, only it is more 
fast-paced. The music involved 
obviously changes from the slow, 
relaxing tunes you would usually 
hear in a yoga or Pilates class to 
the more intense beat of drums 
and electric guitars. 

Many people enjoy the Punk 
class because it feels free and non- 
hierarchical. This type of exercise 
was evolved from Punk Rock Aer- 
obics, which allows Aerobics stu- 
dents to work out to the melodies 
of the Sex Pistols, Blondie and the 

In many classes, the instructor 
plays live music instead of CD's. 
Instead of the raging beats of hard- 
core punk music, the instructor 
will usually play music ranging 
from Arabic drumming to a flute 
or saxophone. Sometimes a solo 
guitarist is brought into the room- 
The music can even be quiet and 
peaceful, in order to help the yoga 
poses flow. However, the music is 
still what you would call "unre- 
fined" and "macrobiotic" (raw), 
like punk music. 

Try it out: 

If this sounds like something 
you might be interested in, consid- 
er taking an instruction class, and 
start one here at NSU! I know 1J 
would be the first one in line fof 
something like that. I think the 
exercise classes that are offered 
here are fun and great for getting 
some physical work done, but a 
program like Punk Rock Yog* 
might get young people like me 
and you to take better care of oui" 
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Physical exercise is really impor- 
tant, and I am the first one to say 
that I need to get out and take 
advantage of some of the dance of 
aerobic classes that are offered 
here at NSU. 

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Habitat for Humanity home recipient Wilson Anderson works toward the completion of his family's future home with Tim 
Bond, a member of the local Lion's Club. The home is expected to be finished in December. 


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Pitt said construction on the 
fourth house is scheduled begin in 
die next two months so that the 
rainy season will not interfere 
with building, as it did with the 
jirst home. 

Pitt also said that Habitat for 
Humanity plans to continue 
building homes in the area for as 
tong as possible. 

Volunteers are allowed to work 
on anything they are capable of 
doing and some instruction will 
be offered on certain tasks. 

Pitt said many local businesses 
donate supplies and labor or offer 
discounts including Manning Self 
Storage, Natchitoches Septic Ser- 
vice, Seine's, Bill Rutledge Plumb- 
ing, Pat Johnson Dirt Work and 

Heavy Equipment, contractor 
Skip Rollins, Mike's Electric, 
Williams' Electric, Laamb Air 
Conditioning, J&J Exterminating 
and retired attorney Tom Murchi- 

Natchitoches landowners 
Sonny Evans, Richard and Bar- 
bara Johnson and Bert Froeba 
donated property on which to 
build the homes. 

However, homes may also be 
built on land owned by house 

Recipients of Habitat for 
Humanity homes must meet three 
nationally established criteria 
including the level of need, ability 
to purchase the home and a will- 
ingness to partner with the organ- 

Recipients purchase homes at 
the actual cost of building the 

home with no interest. In Natchi- 
toches, recipients must put in 300 
hours of work on their home and 
the homes of other recipients. 
They also must promote the Habi- 
tat for Humanity program. 

Pitt sketches the layout of the 
homes, which must meet a mini- 
mum size requirement set by 
Habitat for Humanity. 

Pitt said the homes are nice 
sizes, ranging from 1100 square 
feet to 1300 square feet. 

The staff members of the 
Natchitoches Parish Habitat for 
Humanity are unpaid volunteers. 

For more information about 
Natchitoches Parish Habitat for 
Humanity, an application or to 
find out how to make a donation, 
call Pitt at 352-8556 or State Farm 
Agent Mike Murphy at 352-7311 
or visit 

Flashback From Page 6 

Anderson" and "Agent Smith?" 

The 1999 era was dedicated the 
kiternational Year of Older Persons 
but ruled by the youth. 

At prime time, Regis Philbin 
asked contestants for their "final 
answer" on ABC's "Who Wants To 
Be A Millionaire?" game show. 
Tony Soprano made the Mafia part 
of Americana again with HBO's hit 
series "The Sopranos." On the 
music-television scene, teen girl 
pop stars Christina Aguilera, Brit- 
ney Spears, Jessica Simpson and 
Mandy Moore ruled MTV. 

The world human population 
surpassed six billion on Aug. 12. 
The world also panicked over the 
V2K bug, which was brought down 
from apocalypse to nuisance by the 
work of thousands of program- 
Tiers whose predecessors created 
the "bug" in the first place. 

Audiences were "seeing dead 
People" with the arrival of the box 
office hit, "The Sixth Sense." "The 
Matrix" twisted our view of 
moviemaking and "Pokemon" 
invaded the United States. A little 
tot of British entity was brought 

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of the Harry Potter phenomenon,, 
which was made available in book- 
stores everywhere within a few 
short weeks. 

In hard news, NATO launched 
air strikes in the Federal Republic 
of Yugoslavia. For the first time, 
the Dow Jones Industrial Average 
closed above the 10,000 mark at 

Two teenagers in Littleton, Colo., 
named Eric Harris and Dylan Kle- 
bold opened fire on their teachers 
and fellow students. The teenagers 
killed 12 students, one teacher and 
then turned their guns on them- 

Nancy Mace became the first 
female cadet to graduate from The 
Citadel military college. In College 
Station, Texas, 12 were killed and 
28 injured at Texas A&M Universi- 
ty when a huge bonfire under con- 
struction collapsed. 

What was happening at NSU 
during all this? For one, President 
Randal J. Webb oversaw many 
improvements to our campus, 
starting with the vote to rebuild the 

SnoDaze H)5 

IM Building. The original plans 
projected .the building to be com- 
pleted no later than 2002. 

Vicfs. became a non-smoking 
eatery. Two days were moved from 
Thanksgiving holidays to October 
to give students a fall break. Tele- 
distance learning started at NSU-S. 
The first public computer labs 
opened. Phone-Internet registra- 
tion was made available for the 
first time. 

TOPS, a state program to help 
high-school students pay for col- 
lege, was instituted to give 
Louisiana graduates a help with 
their college tuition. 


Most lives are centered around 
computers, cell phones have 
become attached to everyone's ears 
and bottled water has almost 
become a necessity. With this in 
mind, how will the generations 20 
years from now look back at us? 
Flashing back helps us realize mis- 
takes and how we can learn from 
them. Every generation leaves a 
legacy. What will be ours? 

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Board of Directors for Kisatchie 
Legal Services Corporation. 

He won the "Pro Bono" Attorney 
of the year award for providing 
free legal services to the underpriv- 
ileged of the parish. 

He is also on the Board of 
Trustees of the Natchitoches Parish 
Hospital and is an advocate and 
counselor for the elderly to con- 
tract the Natchitoches Parish 
Council on Aging. 

Celles intends to improve the 
truancy system; he said that many 
truancy cases that come before the 
court are thrown out because many 
students do not attend the hearing. 

He also intends to improve drug- 
awareness and prevention pro- 
grams such as DARE, specifying 

that he believes there is a difference 
between someone who sells crack 
cocaine to people on the street and 
a teenager who sells some to his 
best friend. It would still be drug 
distribution, but the sentences 
would be different. 

He denied claims about a lack of 
religion, confirming that he is a 
Baptist and attended a Catholic 
high school. 

He also denied claims that he 
was behind the negativity about 
the family life of his opponent, Dee 
Ann Hawthorne. 

"A fair courtroom is the bottom 
line," said Celles. "I will try my 
very best to do what is right." 

Mayor Wayne McCullen will be 
the next speaker Monday. 






Webb hosts a show 

NSU 22 to run monthly talk show with president 

Starring This 

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By Tasha N. Braggs 

Sauce Reporter 

One week each month Universi- 
ty President Randall Webb will 
appear on an NSU 22 talk show. 

"NSU... Where Great Things 
Happen" with Webb is aired on 
cable channel 22 on Monday at 
12:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 
at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday and Fri- 
day at 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. The 
show is taped on Wednesday at 10 

Executive producer and journal- 
ism professor Mary Brocato said 
the show's guests include faculty, 
administration and staff members. 
Brocato said her role as executive 
producer includes booking the 
guests, determining the schedule 
and working with the host and 
Webb to determine the topics. 

Guests on the show this semester 
include Darlene Williams, director 
of electronic learning and continu- 
ing education, Mary Edith Stacy, 
director of enrollment services, 
Anthony Scheffler, vice president 
of academic affairs and Reatha 
Cox, director of student success 
and new student programs. 

Brocato said, "The programs are 
intended to provide any new and 
important information about the 
University and to let people know 


about the many positive things 
that happen at NSU." 

Senior journalism major Shelley 
Sparks hosts, produces and reports 
for the show. She researches the 
show's topics by gathering avail- 
able information and schedules 
face-to-face meetings with the 

"I want the guest to meet me and 
feel comfortable talking to me," 
Sparks said. "I want them to feel 
secure, and this show is supposed 
to be a conversational-style pro- 
gram with no hard-ball questions." 

Sparks said working with Webb 
has been exciting for her this 

"He is witty and has a charm 
about him that comforts me," 
Sparks said. "He really does care 
what the students think and gen- 
uinely cares about every single stu- 
dent on this campus." 

Webb said he enjoys doing the 
show, because it gives him the 
chance to inform the community 
about important aspects of NSU. 

Webb said: "I hope the show 
continues indefinitely into the 
future, because it holds real prom- 
ise as a source of information about 
the University and provides TV 
broadcast students a challenging 
and rewarding internship opportu- 

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Thursday, October 21, 2004 
the Current Sauce 



The Way 
I See It 


The No. 9 ranked Demons 
opened up conference play 
successfully Saturday 
against the Cowboys easily. 

With one win in confer- 
ence play, NSU has a long 
road to go before the 
Demons can claim the 
Southland Conference 

Look at the Demons' 
remaining schedule. After a 
television conference show- 
down with the other 
"NSU," the Nicholls 
Colonels, the Demons take a 
break from SLC action and 
travel to Fargo, North Dako- 
ta, to take on the North 
Dakota State Bison. 

The Demons do not fare 
well in the cold especially 
that far up north. Does any- 
one remember the games 
against Montana? 

The Demons lost to Mon- 
tana in the 2001 playoffs 28- 
19 and lost again in the 2002 
playoffs 45-14. 

There is one factor in 
NSU's favor: the game will 
be played in the Fargodome, 
not outside. 

The Demons are used to 
playing on AstroTurf, and 
the weather should not be a 
factor, so NSU should pull 
out the win against the 

After the Bison hunting 
trip, the Demons return to 
conference action against 
Texas State. 

NSU clobbered the Bob- 
cats last season 49-19 in San 
Marcos, Texas. The Bobcats 
are hurting right now since 
tail back Terrell Harris suf- 
fered a fractured left fibula 
last week and was their 
leading rusher. 

The Demons should 
cruise past Texas State and 
set up a huge showdown 
with the Sam Houston State 
Bearkats the next week at 
Turpin Stadium. 

If the Demons and Bear- 
kats continue to win, the 
two teams should be ranked 
in the top 10 in Division I- 
AA, and this could pit the 
No. 1 ranked Purple Swarm 
defense against the No. 1 
ranked offense in Division I- 
AA. . 

For the Demons to beat 
the Bearkats, the Purple 
Swarm will have to stop 
SHSU quarterback Dustin 
Long. Long has completed 
113 of 172 passes for 1,817 
yards with 19 touchdowns 
and eight interceptions. 

The Purple Swarm will 
have to be relentless in their 
attack on Long and the 
Bearkat offense. 

The Demons should be 
unbeaten in conference play 
for their final game of the 
season against rival Stephen 
F. Austin. If SFA should 
remain unbeaten to this 
point, the two teams will 
not only play for Chief 
Caddo but also for the con- 
ference championship in 
Nacogdoches, Texas. 

The Lumberjacks are cur- 
rently ranked one spot 
ahead of the Demons and 
had several come-from- 
behind victories this season. 

The Lumberjacks are led 
by Texas A&M transfer run- 
ning back Derek Farmer, 
who leads the team in rush- 
ing with 481 yards rushing 
with four touchdowns. 

What a huge game that 
would be, but I must not get 
too far in the season. 

That is a long way to go 
and college football is 
unpredictable. You never 
know what will happen. 
Just look at the Red Sox and 
the Houston Astros. 

Cheryl Thompson/the Current Sauce 

(Top) Wide receivers Toby Zeigler and Ben Bailey celebrate a big 
play in Saturday's win. (Left) Defensive tackle Chris Brown drags 
Cowboy quarterback Scott Pendarvis to the ground. The Demon 
defense shut down the Cowboys as NSU beat MSU 47-17. 

Homecoming victory! 

By Patrick West 

Sports Editor 

It took nine seconds of the 
NSU Demons first offensive 
drive to jump ahead of the 
McNeese State Cowboys for 
good Saturday at Turpin Sta- 

Demon running back Shel- 
ton Sampson took the hand- 
off from Davon Vinson, cut 
to the left and did not stop 
until 31-yards later in the 
end zone. 

In nine seconds, the 
Demons were up 7-0 against 
their in-state rivals. 

Three hours and 31 sec- 
onds later, the game was 
over, officially. The Demons 
won their conference opener 
against the Cowboys 47-17 
in front of 14,591 people on 
Homecoming day at NSU. 

With the win, the Demons 
snapped a three-game losing 
skid against the Cowboys. 
The last time the Demons 
beat MSU was in the 2000 
season 37-34. 

"This was a great win 
against our rival," freshman 
quarterback Connor Morel 
said. "We wanted to break 
that streak." 

Also, with the win, the 

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Wide receiver Ben Bailey catch- 
es a pass in NSU's win. 

Demons stopped MSU's 16 
game conference winning 
streak, while NSU won their 
fifth straight. 

The win helped the 
Demons jump into the top 
ten in Division I-AA polls. 
The Demons are ranked 
ninth in Division I-AA. 

The game was never close, 
and the Purple Swarm 
defense lived up to its No. 1 
ranking, shutting down the 
Cowboy offense. 

The Purple Swarm only 

allowed three points in the 
first half and held the Cow- 
boy's to negative five yards 
rushing and 146 yards of 
total offense. This marked 
the Purple Swarm's third 
time in six games to hold an 
opponent to negative yards 

"We have good starters up 
front and a good defensive 
line that is hard to block," 
Demon head coach Scott 
Stoker said. 

Cowboy senior quarter- 
back Scott Pendarvis was 
hassled the entire game, and 
the Purple Swarm was con- 
stantly wreaking havoc in 
the MSU backfield. 

The Purple Swarm defense 
caused three fumbles and six 
sacks as Pendarvis finished 
the game with only 107 
yards passing. 

"It was key for us to get 
him rattled up and out of his 
rhythm," defensive lineman 
Quintene Newhouse said. 
"After we hit him a few 
times he didn't do well." 

"We like to hit the quar- 
terback and we like to play 
physical," Stoker said. "It 
affects the quarterback when 
he gets hit hard." 

Demon defensive players 

Paul Mefford, Jamall John- 
son, Ed Queen, Jason 
O'Brien, Gary Wesley and 
Newhouse each had a sack. 

Johnson picked up the 
Southland Conference 
defensive player of the week 
award after compiling 10 
tackles, a quarterback sack 
and a forced fumble against 
the Cowboys. 

The Demon offense fared 
better than their opponents 
as NSU had 439 yards of 
total offense and scored 
points in each quarter. 

The Demons have strug- 
gled after halftime in past 
games but were able to score 
against the Cowboys' 
defense in the third and 
fourth quarters. 

"We don't stay focused the 
entire game," Stoker said. 
"We have trouble after half- 

The Demons were led by 
freshman running back A.J. 
Franklin who had 76 yards 
on eight carries. 

Demon quarterbacks 
Morel and Davon Vinson 
each fared well against the 
Cowboys as Morel threw for 
91 yards and completed 9 of 
17 passes with one touch- 

Vinson chipped in with 
one touchdown off a 46 yard 
run in the third quarter. 

Though the Demons 
earned a conference win, 
NSU had some mistakes in 
the football game. NSU had 
16 penalties for 140 yards 
while the Cowboys had 15 
penalties for 130 yards. 

The two teams combined 
for 31 penalties, but the 
record for combined penal- 
ties at Turpin Stadium was 
39 in one game. The intense 
rivalry was showcased as the 
Cowboys had four personal 
penalties with one roughing 
the passer while the Demons 
had two personal personal 
penalties called on them. 

Also, senior kicker Tommy 
Hebert missed an extra point 
in the fourth quarter. 

Hebert made five of six 
extra point attempts in the 
football game. 

Next, the Demons will 
take a trip up north to hunt 
Bison. The Demons will 
square off against the North 
Dakota Bison in Fargo, 
North Dakota, with kick off 
time set for 1 p.m. Saturday. 

Auburn assistant named head coach 

By Kyle Shirley 

Sauce Reporter 

For the fourth time in five 
years, the NSU sOftball team 
has a new head coach. 

Mike Perniciaro will lead 
the team this season after 
completing successful stints 
as an assistant coach at Cen- 
tenary, University of Geor- 
gia and Auburn. 

"This is my first head 
coaching job, and I'm excit- 
ed about it," Perniciaro said. 

Perniciaro said he heard 
about the position from last 
year's head coach, Eileen 

"Coach Schmidt left to go 
to Kentucky, and I've known 
her since her days in 
Arkansas," Perniciaro said. 
"She said a lot of good 
things about the program." 

Perniciaro said he is most 
interested in working on hit- 
ting, and plans to focus on 
developing the team's 

Krystle Nichols is a senior 
student assistant coach 
majoring in health and exer- 
cise science. 

She played catcher under 
three different head coaches 
during her four years of eli- 
gibility, and said she is look- 
ing forward to working with 
Perniciaro this season. 

"He has a lot of very good 

ideas," Nichols said. "He's 
very strong hitting-wise, 
and that's what we need. I 
think that our bats will be a 
whole lot more powerful 
than they have been." 

Senior third baseman 
Lindsay Leftwich is the only 
player to have played under 
the previous three coaches 
as well as Perniciaro, whom 
his players refer to as 

"We've definitely had a 
change of perspectives from 
one end of the spectrum to 
the other," Leftwich said of 
the different coaches. "I 
think Pooch is a good mix of 
exactly what we need. He's 
forceful when he needs to 
be, but on a general basis he 
keeps us working because 
we want to work, not 
because we're motivated by 
fear or anything like that." 

"It seems like every cou- 
ple of years coaches have 
moved on," Perniciaro said. 
"But the kids seem to be 
adjusting well right now, 
and I'm pretty easy to get 
along with. I'll stay as long 
as they'll have me." 

The team is reorganizing 
this season after losing five 
senior starters, but Pernicia- 
ro said he is confident in the 
team's ability. 

"We've been going at it 
pretty hard: conditioning, 

Leslie Westbrook/the Current Sauce 

New Demon softball head coach Mike Perniciaro hits softballs during a fielding practice at the Demon Dia- 
mond last week. Perniciaro takes over after former coach Eileen Schmidt left to coach at Kentucky. 

weight lifting, practicing," 
Perniciaro said. "Practice 
has been going great. The 
kids are awesome here. 
They're hard-working kids, 
and the team looks really 
good right now. I think it's 
going to be a real good, suc- 
cessful season for us." 

Nichols also expressed 
confidence in the team. 

"They're young, but they 
have another five seniors 

this year that are going to 
step up. I think that they're 
going to be very successful," 
Nichols said. "We have a 
tough schedule, but that's 
what we need. We need to 
play tough teams." 

Perniciaro played baseball 
at the University of Missouri 
at St. Louis. He then worked 
as a graduate assistant at 
Western Illinois, where he 
received his masters in 

sports administration. 

Perniciaro said he moved 
to Natchitoches in August, 
and enjoys living here. 

"It's just a great place to 
be," Perniciaro said. 

Perniciaro said the team's 
first challenge this season 
will be a tournament at the 
University Of Louisiana at 
Lafayette on Feb. 4. The sea- 
son runs through the middle 
of May. 

This Just In 

Sports Information Bureai 



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Demons beat 
ULM 3-0 

NSU snapped a fomj 
match losing streak in grarii 
fashion here Tuesday night, 
sweeping the Louisiana- 
Monroe Lady Indians 
three straight sets in South- 
land Conference volleybaj 

The win puts NSU at lfj. 
11 overall, but most impor- 
tantly back above the .501 
mark in league play at 6-5. 
The win also tied the school 
record for most league wins 
in a season. ULM dropped 
to 5-16 overall and remains 
winless in the league, now 
at 0-11. 

Flavia Belo led the Lad\ 
Demons with 10 kills while Last week 
hitting .500 for the match ^^ar 
She also had 15 assists, four B '' en 3 
service aces, four digs and ^ n Wedn 
one block. As a team, NSl) snd BPCC C 
hit .263 in winning the seisfc™^ 
30-24, 31-29 and 30-18. 
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Friday when it hosts vicf 


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Texas-Arlington at 7 
Prather Coliseum. The Lad] 
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on Saturday at 2 for a match 
with Sam Houston State 

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NSU's mens an< 
women's cross country 
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Golf Club. 

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out of 13 teams with 3d 
points while the Lad] 
Demons took seventh plad Sl0ns ' Sche 
in the 14 team field with 17f en if the V 

Leading the way for th 
Demons was Jeffery Parke 
crossing the line in 311 
place with a time of 28:05.8 
in the 8,000 meter ntf 
Other Demon finishers hi 
Gideon Rotich in 52nd wij 
a time of 29:04.78, Aai 
Heflin in 58th at 29:39. 
Phillip Hattaway 34:07J 
and Andrew Newmi 

Abigail Salomon was th 
first Lady Demon to cr<* ° r 9anizatior 
the line, finishing in 191 
place with a time of 24:27.21 
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Margeaux Fisher in 28tl £ u s the or 
with a time of 25:04.19, Brec] 
ka Johnson in 
25:18.38, Ruth Kinyanjui 
37th at 25:31.66 and LesM 
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You may have heard the story 
before, but see how NSU students 
still believe in the Isabella legend. 
Life, Page 5 

Soccer success! 

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NSU and BPCC Chancellor Tom Carleton signed the official 
agreement between the two groups finalizing 
months of planning that developed an extension of 
the community college on NSU's campus. 

Vice President of Academic Affairs Anthony Schef- 
Iter said the agreement is now final between the two 
organizations with all state organizational require- 
ments met to open the branch here. 

Scheffler said the University has been left with the 
task of preparing the campus to receive the BPCC 
faculty, administration and students. He said NSU 
must work out space provisions for BPCC offices and 
must get office materials. Scheffler said the Uni- 
versity must also work out where the classes for 
BPCC will be conducted, how to provide text books 
for their students, where to find space in the dormi- 
tories for them and how to place them in the NSU 
server to use the computer labs. 

BPCC students will have access too because they 
y look aj** 11 be paying the fees for all the services that we 
offer on campus, including the student tech fees," 
Scheffler said. 

Scheffler said BPCC should have a representative 
lar Invita{l*re on campus next semester, but for now, the 
Idylwili community college still needs to find a staff to oper- 
ate the facility. Scheffler said students have been 
given the option of applying for the program directly 
through BPCC or through the University. 

"Most of the students will go through NSU admis- 
sions," Scheffler said. "Students will apply at NSU, 
then if they cannot enter the University we will sug- 
gest them to go to BPCC." 

Kyle A. Carter 

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NSU's Conine named director 
eter ruiJof state organization 

shers haj^^HUI Frances Conine, director of Student 

52nd withMfc jfl Services at NSU, has been selected as 

78, Aaro^K\fl president of the Louisiana Association of 

79 -9 i^^B|>^ College and University Student Person- 

' V)'o78^HHR nel Administrators for the 2004-2005 

r ~~" m Conine is the fourth Northwestern staff 
m was thf NE member to head LACUSPA during the 
■\ to cros 0r9anization ' s 30 y ears of existence. NSU Vice Presi- 
19) j <tent for Student Affairs Dr. Dan Seymour served as 

^-.-ni ^sident in 2000-2001. 
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;hers ha< "Over the next year, I will make a major effort to 
r in 28ll ,0cus tn e organization on new Board of Regents and 
4 19 Bre£ f nive rsity of Louisiana System mandates which 

'"elude new admissions standards," said Conine. "We 
,a lso want to find ways to continue improving com- 
nyaniui Irriunication within the organization." 
ind Lesle 

it 27 41 1 Wording to Conine, LACUSPA is valuable for its 
14 62) art ,t1erTlbers because it allows student affairs profes- 
m m\ Is Sk>nals t0 interact regularly with peers to exchange 

^as and information. The organization regularly 
mt did no attracts nationally recognized speakers in the field of 
ring. student affairs to speak at its annual conference. 

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hosts tii City Council officially proclaims 
onFridais a turday as Halloween 

During its Oct. 26 meeting, the City Council passed 
a resolution authorizing the City of Natchitoches to 
^ebrate Halloween on Saturday between 5 p.m. 
an d 8 p.m. 

The City is encouraging children to attend Witch 
"fy to Main Street, a downtown trick-or-treating 


. , ^ent, on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Children 
)r y wlU *2 and under are invited to participate. Other activi- 
auce's W ties include face painting, Boogie on the Bricks for, ° *ids, haunted maze in front of Exchange Bank and a 
; or aftej^r of the haunted Natchitoches Parish Library 

^okmobile. The northern end of Front Street will be 
ikes pla' Sflut d °wn for children's safety, 
t on F° For more information about the event, please call 
st, chant* Main Street Office at 357-3823. 

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Stages of last night's lunar eclipse: 

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At 8:14 p.m., the moon began sliding into the Earth's shadow, and by 9:32 p.m., the moon was completely covered. The last photo shows the hazy image of the moon 
through the Earth's shadowy veil. There will not be another lunar eclipse until March 3, 2007. 

Pushing the envelope 

NSU seeks final 
approval of dorm 

Cheryl Thompson/die Current Sauce 
Senior psychology major Nicky Roach and junior liberal arts major John Downing won "Most Polit- 
ically Incorrect" at the Scholars' College Food Fair Wednesday night for their portrayal of the sol- 
dier and Iraqi prisoner from the infamous pictures. The food fair, which is an annual event, took 
place in Morrison Hall. It was included a "Mystery at Morrison" game in which students dressed 
up as their professors. 

By Kyle A. Carter 

News Editor 

Members of the NSU 
administration, the SGA 
president and involved pri- 
vate parties will travel to 
Southeastern Louisiana State 
University in Hammond to 
meet with the University of 
Louisiana System Board of 
Supervisors and the 
Louisiana Board of Regents 
to gain approval to start con- 
struction on a new residence 

Dan Seymour, vice presi- 
dent of student affairs, said 
the University will go to 
Hammond today to give a 5- 
to 10-minute final presenta- 
tion for the new dormitory. 

Seymour said he will be 
showing a PowerPoint pres- 
entation including a comput- 
erized landscape, floor plan 
and aerial view of the new 
dorm to the Facilities Com- 
mittees of both the Board of 
Regents and Supervisors. 

Tomorrow the group will 
meet for the last time with 
the full boards of both the 
Regents and Supervisors, he 
said. Before the final meet- 
ing, the Facilities Committees 
of both boards should have 
informed their boards on 
what was learned about the 
project. This will leave the 
University to sum up the 
plan in a question and 

answer forum for the full 
boards tomorrow, he said. 

Anthony Scheffler, vice 
president of academic affairs, 
said the purpose of this meet- 
ing is to recap what the 
boards already know. 

He said the University has 
been working with the 
boards through the whole 
process by letting them know 
all aspects of the project. 

"The meeting is not that 
long," Scheffler said. "We are 
just there to clear up any con- 
cerns and elaborate on any 

University President Ran- 
dall Webb said the University 
would try to emphasize a 
few major points in the pres- 
entation to gain final 

Webb said for example, the 
University will continue a 
relationship with Century 
Development, the company 
managing the University 
Columns, who has been suc- 
cessfully working with the 

Century Development 
won the bid to manage the 
new dorm. This proves that 
the University is working 
with a reliable group, Webb 

He also said with new 
admission standards coming, 
the new dorm will not only 
provide a living learning 
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SGA to provide buses for voter transportation 

Senate also 
recommends online 
service hours 
extended, loitering 
prohibited around 

By Victoria Smith 

Sauce Reporter 

The SGA will be providing 
transportation from campus 
to the polls for student voters 

SGA Sen. Bryan White pro- 
posed a bill to allocate $200 to 
pay for gas and use of a pri- 
vately owned school bus to 
transport students from the 
Student Union to their 
prospective voting stations 
across town. It passed in the 

"As the SGA it's our 
responsibility to aid the stu- 
dents as much as we can," 
White said. "Urging them to 
vote is one thing, but giving 
them transportation is better." 

A large school bus will 
make two runs from the Stu- 
dent Union following a desig- 
nated route that will drop stu- 
dents off at their precincts, 
pick them up in the same 
order, and return them to 

Students wishing to use the 
provided transportation to 
and from the voting polls will 
meet in the Student Union 
and must be registered to vote 
in Natchitoches Parish. 

The bus will depart from 
the Student Union at 11 a.m. 
for students residing in 
precincts on the NSU side of 
the Cane River. The bus is 
expected to return between 
12:45 and 1 p.m. 

At 1 p.m. the bus will 

depart for students residing 
on the opposite side of Cane 
River and will return to NSU 
at 3:15 p.m. 

White said that many other 
campuses do the same thing 
on election days to help get 
students involved in the vot- 
ing process. 

White said he hopes this 
becomes a regular thing for 
NSU. He said he knows that 
many students have classes 
during the day or may not 
own a car to drive to their vot- 
ing stations, but this should 
not be an excuse to not vote. 

Sophomore Senator Shantel 
Wempren said: "I think this is 
a great bill. It's an election 
year, if we can get 10 more 
people to go to the polls than 
it's worth it." 

White said any student 
who wants to participate 
must have a valid identifica- 
tion card or drivers license. 

A proposal to extend the 

time periods that the student 
web, is 
available to students was 
passed by the Senate. 

Sen. Matthew Bartley said, 
"The current hours of the stu- 
dent web are not sufficient to 
meet students' needs." 

The SGA is recommending 
that beginning next spring the 
new hours for the student 
web be 7 a.m. to midnight 
Monday through Thursday, 
and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sat- 
urday and Sunday. 

A bill was passed by Sen. 
Matthew Burroughs to make 
the second floor handicap 
entrance to the Student Union 
a "No Loitering" zone to pre- 
vent unnecessary congestion 
around the entrance. 

Smokers tend to congregate 
in front of the Student 
Union's small north entrance, 
the only second floor handi- 
cap entrance. 

Bartley said that there is 

already legislation in effect 
stating that smoking within 
50 feet of an entrance on cam- 
pus is prohibited. 

Sen. Abby Brocato said, "I 
really like this bill, but at the 
same time the ash tray is right 
there by the door." 

SGA president, Mindy 
McConnell said: "Loitering is 
when a large group of people 
stand in the same location for 
a long time, but I don't think 
that's what's going on there. 
There's probably just a large 
group of people standing 
there, and they're inconsider- 

Burroughs, who uses a 
wheelchair, said that he has 
had to physically move a bike 
to get up onto the ramp. 
Wempren said. "Ifs not to 
cause trouble but just to alert 
them that there is a problem." 

Neios editor, Kyle Carter con- 
tributed to this report. 

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News — the Current Sauce — Thursday, October 28. 2004 

NSU Police Blotter 

2:32 a.m. 

A man called from the Columns 
to report a fight behind the Health 
and Human Performance build- 
ing. An officer was en route. The 
subjects followed the officer to the 
station to write statements. 

4:40 p.m. 

There was a medical emer- 
gency at the recruiting office. An 
ambulance and an officer were en 
route. The subject was transported 
to the hospital. 
5:54 p.m. 

A group of non-NSU students 
were asked to leave campus 
because they were in possession 
of alcohol. 

9:06 p.m. 

A student from the Columns 
called because some women were 
harassing her and making threat- 
ening phone calls. 

10:59 p.m. 

Some fraternities were trying to 
start a fight at the Tau Kappa 
Epsilon house. 

11:28 p.m. 

A fight was reported at the 

11:55 a.m. 

An employee from Vic's called 

in reference to a possible counter- 
feit $20 bill. Statements were 
taken, and an officer took posses- 
sion of the evidence. 
7:44 p.m. 

A desk worker from Sabine 
called because the fire alarm was 
going off. Members of the fire 
department were en route. It was 
going off as a result of the case 
holder being loose. 

12:52 a.m. 

A male resident of Sabine called 
to say he had witnessed two men 
climbing in a first floor window. 

3:19 a.m. 

An RA from Rapides called to 
report possible drug use. 
1:43 p.m. 

A wreck was reported. 

12:36 a.m. 

An officer was transporting an 
abandoned bicycle. 
3:04 a.m. 

Someone called in reference to 
a shattered window at an apart- 
ment in the Columns. The resi- 
dent had to climb in through the 
window, because there was no 

8:17 a.m. 

A call was received from Rapi- 
des regarding a medical emer- 

gency. An officer and an ambu- 
lance were en route. The subject 
was transported to the hospital. 
2:05 p.m. 

There was call from the lan- 
guage department for a medical 

8:34 p.m. 

The house director of Dodd 
called because some LSMSA stu- 
dents were on the south side of 
the building beating on windows 
and scaring residents. 

10:22 a.m. 

A woman called because she 
was concerned about two men she 
had seen playing with weapons 
on Second Street that were now 
entering campus. 

7:04 p.m. 

An RA from Varnado Hall 
called to report that the fire alarm 
was going off. The fire depart- 
ment and an officer were en route. 
It was going off as a result of 
burned quesadillas. 

6:50 a.m. 

The fire alarm at Bossier was 
going off. Members of the fire 
department were en route. 

Elizabeth Bolt 

Mayor speaks to students g r 
about football, city growth 

By Kyle A. Carter 

News Editor 

Natchitoches Mayor Wayne 
McCullen started out speaking to 
students not about politics, crime 
or employment rates, but about the 
Demon football team. 

Monday afternoon, McCullen 
came to campus to be the third 
speaker in a lecture series spon- 
sored by the Political Science Club. 

Before the speech, McCullen told 
students how he traveled to 
Nicholls State in Thibodaux to see 
the game against the Colonels last 
Thursday. He said that he and the 
mayor of Thibodaux have an on- 
going rivalry. 

He said the loser of the college 
games between the two cities must 
fly the other city's flag over the 
municipal building. McCullen said 
he was disappointed when photos 
were taken of him flying the Thibo- 
daux city flag above town hall. 

Soon after this, McCullen went 
straight into politics. McCullen, 
who was re-elected in March, said 
he felt that his duty was to come 
speak to students about their 


needs. He said he 
wanted to learn 
about students' con- 
cerns because 
Natchitoches is 
home to NSU's stu- 
dents, and he wants 
to make them feel as 
at home as possible. 

"We have a great relationship 
here with Northwestern," 
McCullen said. "We call it a part- 
nership because anything that 
affects Natchitoches affects North- 
western and vice-versa." 

McCullen said NSU and Natchi- 
toches work together to be more 
appealing to students. 

He said the city has been experi- 
encing constant growth with 80 
new businesses opening in the city 
last year, including the Frog Pond 
Apartments and the new Chili's 
under construction. 

He said because of the city's 
steady growth, students can expect 
more businesses to open, a new fire 
station to open near the Frog Pond 
Apartments and a possible new 
shopping center on College 

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"We had to stop and go back 
look: what are the aspects 
Natchitoches, what should we 
to propose to make this a stroi 
community to make sure we 
tain this economy of grow 
McCullen said. 

McCullen ended with the 
of Natchitoches crime 
Natchitoches has a drug problq 
and the city has been working { st 
years to control it by creating He accr edi 
Start Centers and other after-scho oa rt of 
activities to catch children at , [©sting 
early age. The 

He said education is the place nan° na 
start in drug prevention. ,^11 ser 

McCullen also talked about |j jn the 
recent sales tax bill that failed du raw da 
ing the summer election. He said 1 From 

narrowly lost approval in 
parish vote. 

This sales tax was going to 
used to increase police and 
fighter salaries. 

He said he feels that employe 
of Natchitoches' safety and k 
enforcement agencies need raig 
since the city has lost many of the, 
to cities that pay more 

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Community • Church 
^ Club • Campus 


Photography Club 

The photography club has 
weekly meetings on Monday at 7 
p.m. in Room 205 in the CAPA 

The meetings are open to all 

Native American Student and 
Faculty Association 

Meetings are Thursdays at 7 
p.m. in Room 316 of the Student 
Union. For more information call 
Michael Ashworth at (318) 572- 

The Wesley Foundation 

Come and worship on Wednes- 
days at 6:30 p.m. or join a small 
group. Visit our building on Col- 
lege Ave. across from the Alumni 
Center or call us at 352-2888. The 
Foundation is now a hot spot for 
wireless Internet. 

"Celebrate America" 

Come join fellow Americans as 
we celebrate the freedom we have 
in our great nation and help us 
honor those who have served our 
country! "Celebrate America" will 
be held in Magale Recital Hall 
located in the CAPA Building on 
Oct. 29, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. 

FREE patriotic goodies to the 
first 150 people and door prizes 
drawn throughout the program! 
Event sponsored by Phi Mu Alpha 
Sinfonia and Sigma Alpha Iota 

Music Fraternities. 


The Student Technology Advi- 
sory Team (STAT) has allocated 
$200,000 to fund departmental 
and individual grants, awarded 
on a competitive basis, which 
advance the teaching or learning 
process within the mission of the 

All grants are due by Oct. 29th. 
Contact Jennifer Long in the 
library for an application or call 
357-6482 for more information. 


KNWD wants to put your organi- 
zation's information on the air. If 
your organization has a meeting, 
fund raiser, workshop or special 
event you want to publicize send 
the information or a flyer to 

Candice Pauley, PSA director 
Room 109, Kyser Hall 
Office hours: MWF 8-10 a.m. 

TR 9-10 a.m. 

Students for a Free Tibet 

Students for a Free Tibet is an 
international organization fighting 
for the rights of the Tibetans. Stu- 
dents for a Free Tibet meets 
Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the 
front lobby of Morrison Hall. 

Contact info: Gel Dafford 354- 
9539; Dr Greg Granger 357-4577 


The SAB will be holding a 
canned food drive until Nov. 27 in 
the Student Union Lobby. Cans 
must be turned in to the SAB 
Committee Room 232 by 4:30 p.m. 

Order of Omeg a 

The Mu Phi chapter of Order of 
Omega and the NSU Greeks will 
be sponsoring a halloween carni- 
val for the children of Natchi- 
toches in grades pre-k through 
5th. It will take place today from 
4 to 7 p.m. in Prather Coliseum. 

Children will receive five game 
tickets upon arrival, and addition- 
al tickets are available with 
canned good donations. Activities 
will include games, prizes, a cos- 
tume contest, a space walk, trick- 
or-treating and more. 

Society of Professional 

The NSU Chapter of SPJ will 
hold a Sports and Stuff Session 

Nov. 3 1 p.m. in Kyser Room 
142 A (TV Studio). 

A panel will discuss how to 

break into sports reporting and 
keep it interesting. 

Steve Schneider - Sports Direc- 
tor and Weekday Anchor for 
WAFB Channel 9 (CBS affiliate). 

Dave Schwartz - Sports Anchor 
and reporter for KTAL TV Chan- 
nel 6 in Shreveport (NBC affili- 

Bob Tompkins - Sports Colum- 
nists and Reporter for the Alexan- 
dria Town Talk. 

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Broadcast media receives weather dishes Meeting 

By Savanna Mahaffey 

Sauce Reporter 

back a, KNWD and NSU22 have recent- 
pects received two Ku band weather 
d we dishes as part of a total overhaul of 
stron fr e stU( lio's weather system. 

Chief Engineer of NSU22 and 

-rowtl KN VVD Ro >' Davis said mat me 
dishes were brought in because the 
accrediting body for the journalism 
department, the Association for 
ucation in Journalism and Mass 
Communication, asked that the 
ital studio be digital by the next 
■editing cycle. The dishes are 
of a rebuild of NSU 22 studios 
n at ^sting $500,000. 

The dishes will receive both 
; plaoei national and local weather. They 
vtfill send information to computers 
bout d in the studio, which interpret the 
iled di raw data. 

-ie said From this system, NSU22 and 
in tj 'KNWD will have maps, radar, area 
and national forecasts readily avail- 

ng to I 
and fij 

Ini 03 !) Note [0 readers: 

:d raisi 

, ofthejf Th \ Current Sauce will 
not be published next 
week because many mem- 
bers of our staff will be 
attending the College 
Media Advisers confer- 
ence in Nashville. 

Three more issues of the 
Sauce will be published 
this semester. They will be 
distributed on Nov. 11, 
Nov. 18 and Dec. 2. 

We will not publish dur- 
ing the semester break. 
Our first issue of the 
spring semester will be 
published on Jan. 20. 

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Of the two dishes, one will be the 
primary dish and the other will be 
a backup. They will each be aimed 
at separate satellites. 

"In the weather business, you 
can never be too safe," Davis said. 
"You need both a primary and a 
back-up to always have solid infor- 

Davis explained that without 
these dishes, NSU22 and KNWD 
would have to rely on the weather 
systems of other stations. 

"The most important thing is that 
we will have the most up-to-date 
weather information just like a real 
television station," Davis said. 
"Then, we can take that informa- 
tion and get it out to the general 

Two student weather forecasters, 
Davis and David Antilley, director 
of NSU22 will work with the dish- 
es. However, students are only 
taught how to give weather presen- 

Leslie Westbrook/f/ie Cirrent Sai te 
This will be the location of the new weather dish near Kyser Hall to be used by 
KNWD and NSU22. The dish will allow broadcast journalism students to do more 
with their stations by linking them to national groups. The two satellites on the 
right will also be moved into the building. 

tations; they are not taught meteor- 

The dishes will be installed near 
the campus post office along with 
two other dishes that NSU22 stu- 
dios currently have in place. Davis 

said that a fifth dish will give 
KNWD the capability to digitally 
receive syndicated program mate- 

Davis said the dishes should be 
installed by early next week. 

environment conduc- 
tive to student reten- 
tion, but it will also 
help attract more and 
better students. 

Webb said he wants 
the new dorm to 
become a recruitment 
tool so that NSU 
admit and retain the 
best possible students. 

Webb said the Uni- 
versity will emphasize 
that the dorm will be 

He said NSU was 
the first university to 
offer privatized on- 
campus residences 
with the Columns, 
and since then other 
universities followed. 

SGA President 
Mindy McConnell 
said she would be 

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attending the meet- 
ings to give a stu- 
dent's perspective. 
She said her part of 
the presentation will 
focus on how students 
think that the new 
dorm is needed. 

She said she, like 
many students, feel a 
lot of the dorms need 
to be improved. 

"This is phase one 
of the housing project, 
and some can say that 
some of the dorms are 
outdated," McConnell 

Webb said getting 
this dorm approved 
and built is phase one 
of an overall housing 

Once complete, 
Webb said he would 

follow a conservative 
plan to continue 
changing housing on 
campus, which 
includes the possible 
tearing down and 
replacing of Rapides 

If the dorm is 
approved, phase two 
of the housing plan 
would be a more 
extensive study of the 
future possibility of 
new residence halls or 
renovations of old 

Webb said he does 
not want to move too 
fast so that the Uni- 
versity can stay within 
its financial needs, yet 
he still wants to meet 
the needs of the stu- 

Theater to present interactive 'Picture 
Show' as fundraiser for student plays 

Elaine Broussard 
Editor in Chief 
the Current Sauce 

By Kyle Shirley 

Sauce Reporter 

Fans of the cult classic 
"The Rocky Horror Pic- 
ture Show" will get a 
treat Friday when the 
NSU theater department 
presents the film with 
audience participation 
and live actors. 

Senior theater majors 
Dallas Bird and Bree 
Kenny are co-producing 
the show, which will take 
place in the A.A. Freder- 
icks Auditorium at 10:30 
pm. The show will be free 
and open to all students. 

"It's going to be fun 
and mtimate," Bird said. 
"We're going to try to 
make it as fun as possible, 
as cult as possible. It's the 
ultimate cult-camp film." 

Kenny said the audi- 
ence will be seated on the 
stage rather than in seats 
in order to create a more 
intimate environment. 

The film will be project- 

ed onto a screen, and a 
large cast of actors will 
perform alongside it. 

Kenny said the show is 
a fundraiser for Second 
Season, NSU's student- 
directed program. 

"This show is com- 
pletely budget free. It's all 
donations and all volun- 
teers," Bird said. "Every- 
one had to pull their own 
costume. Everyone's 
doing their own make- 

Bird said the Second 
Season program started 
last year to offer students 
a chance to produce and 
direct shows. 

The program receives a 
small budget from the 
theater department but is 
responsible for holding 
its own fundraisers. 

"We were never sup- 
posed to take away from 
the main stage produc- 
tions," Bird said. "So with 
Second Season we have 
to pay for royalties, plus 

costumes, etc." 

Bird said $1, 
$5 and S10 
goodie bags 
containing items 
relevant to the 
audience's par- 
ticipation with 
the show will be 

Fifty-two stu- 
dents, many of 
whom are cast 
members, are involved in 
the production. 

Bird said there are at 
least two actors for each 
role, and they will alter- 
nate throughout the film. 

Freshman theater 
major Bonnie Gordon is 
one of the actresses who 
will play Janet. 

"I saw this movie for 
the first time when I was 
nine years old, and ever 
since then I've been a 
fan," Gordon said. "I was 
a messed-up nine year 

Kenny warned that the 

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"There will be things being 
thrown everywhere, people 
screaming out obscenities. 
It will be a lot of fun." 

Bonnie Gordon 

Freshman theater major 
playing Janet in Rocky Horror 

show is not for students 
who are easily offended. 

"It is highly sexually 
explicit, so people who 
are uncomfortable in 
those situations do not 
need to come," Kenny 

But Gordon believes 
that the show's chaotic 
nature is part of its 

"There will be things 
being thrown every- 
where, people screaming 
out obscenities," Gordon 
said. "It will be a lot of 

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To be or not to 
be... American? 

By Lora Sheppard 

Opinions Editor 

Picture this: You're in class. 
Pick any age, but I'll go with jun- 
ior high or high school. You and 
your peers are discussing her- 
itage. My parents /grandpar- 
ents /ancestors are from this 
country. My ancestors were this 
or that and so on. 

Still have the picture? Hold 
onto it for a bit longer. 

You mention that your ances- 
tors are from Germany. Or were 
slaves before the Civil War. Or 
you're Asian, but were born here, 
and perhaps your parents were as 
well. While sharing your history 
with your classmates, someone 

"Mostly German? Does that 
make you a Nazi?" or they get 
angry one day and say "Go back 
to Africa /Japan /whichever coun- 
try you're from." 

So, my question is, when is a 
person considered "American" 
by society's standards? Is it when 
you're born; naturalized; or is 
there some special time limit and 
upon reaching it, your family is 
deemed American? Or is it sim- 
ply a patriotism issue? 

I would like to think that when 
someone immigrates to our coun- 
try with the intention of enjoying 
the freedoms America advocates, 
that they would be accepted. But 
that isn't always the case. While 
America is considered the "melt- 

ing pot" of all races and cultures, 
we are quite possibly one of the 
most intolerant as a people. We 
have plenty of examples in histo- 
ry, such as the Red Scare and the 
Japanese concentration camps in 
the US during WWII. 

Those things happened due to 
irrational fear combined with 
prejudice and the need for a 
scapegoat as a Band-Aid for 
deeper problems. 

Do you have to bleed? Do you 
have to die? Or do you have to 
prove your loyalty to the country 
with a "heroic" action? Does it 
all depend or are the lines so 
blurred that no-one can tell any- 
thing anymore? 

I consider myself American. I 
consider my family American. 
Am I proud? Sometimes yes, 
sometimes no. Do I wish for 
change? Of course. After all, 
adaptation is necessary for sur- 
vival, and if something doesn't 
learn to bend it will break. Other 
countries are voicing their opin- 
ions, quite often about America 
and especially with the ongoing 
War on Terrorism. 

However, any form of change 
doesn't happen completely on its 
own. In order for anything to 
shift, people have to help. Advo- 
cate your beliefs. Voice your 
opinions. Vote. Every little bit 
helps, from everyone. 

Because we're American and 
the country guarantees us those 


POQJIBtB The final word 

By J. Aaron 
"Q" Brown 


I've spent a lot of 
this semester 
BL w. attacking George 
Hfei^^HI B usn and openly 
pushing my own 
agenda: change. I've been frank 
about that, and I've always encour- 
aged my readership to go find out 
more for themselves, because I can 
only tell you what I think of what 
I've seen. You have to read the 
Taguba Report or the 9/11 Com- 
mission Report for yourself to 
know what you think of what they 
say and to know when a journalist 
or politician is misrepresenting 
their conclusions to support a par- 
tisan point. Unless you know the 
facts, you cannot see the spin. Here 
are some facts. 

Bush's economic policies 
are crippling, and any economics 
student knows it. America has the 
highest deficit ever. Ever. And it's 
climbing. Bush has cut taxes and 
increased spending. He continues 
to borrow money from the Social 
Security fund. There is no plan to 
stop this trend, and he justifies it by 

the fact that we're at war. You 
know who will pay that? You. Me. 
Our kids. Through high taxes, cuts 
in government assistance (e.g. 
scholarships) or both. Kerry wants 
to repeal the tax cuts to the wealthy, 
which will replace a sizeable chunk 
of the revenue Bush lost. He also 
intends to reinstitute the "pay-as- 
you-go" policy that helped lead to 
the surplus of the late nineties. 

But my main complaint is 
that Bush's administration has 
been dishonest with the American 
people at every step of the way. In 
the wake of 9-11, he had a country 
as united as it has ever been, and 
he has used that trust as a partisan 
bludgeon. Bush misrepresented 
the number and quality of stem cell 
lines that would remain available 
for researchers. 

In his prescription drug bill, 
Bush pushed a private-sector plan 
that provided less coverage at 
higher cost than a Medicare plan 
would have. It was only after 
Republicans held the vote open for 
more than three additional hours to 
wedge the bill through (a thereto- 
fore absolutely unheard of proce- 
dural irregularity) that they admit- 

ted it would cost more than $125 
billion more than they had initially 
claimed. The Republicans have 
attacked their critics as enemy 
sympathizers, and now they're reg- 
ularly disseminating press releases 
smearing specific reporters by 

And then of course, there's the 
dishonesty surrounding every 
aspect of the war. Bush has lost all 
credibility with anyone who does 
not follow him blindly, and I'm sad 
to say there are enough who do so 
that this is actually going to be a 
close race. 

And Bush is squelching 
dissent. I've read of more than a 
hundred people who have been 
ejected from Bush rallies for some- 
thing as simple as a pro-choice 
shirt or a Kerry-for-President but- 
ton. One woman, Nicole Rank, 
actually lost her job with the Feder- 
al Emergency Management 
Agency two days after she and her 
husband were arrested for trying to 
attend a Bush rally in anti-Bush 
shirts. This is another sneaky shot 
in the publicity war, but this one's 
actually dangerous. Bush only gets 
filmed in front of universally sup- 

portive audiences, while Theres; 
Heinz-Kerry gets bad press fa 
telling hecklers who were actuals 
trying to drown her out to "shov* 
it." This is just another example q 
the politically-motivated violation 
of free speech Bush has committed 
I cast my vote for Johj 
Kerry on Saturday, for those of yen 
wondering, and I still say he'll win 
unless Bush declares martial law q 
interferes with the elections. I'(j 
like to close this week with a quote 
from the great Robert A. Heinleiit 
"If you are part of a society thai 
votes, then do so. There may be no 
candidates and no measures yon 
want to vote for but there are cer- 
tain to be ones you want to vote 
against. In case of doubt, vote 
against. By this rule you will rarely 
go wrong." 

Send your election predictions, 
suggestions, or half-sane ranting 
to my new address, 

J. Aaron Brown is a Louisiana 
Scholars' College student. His 
opinions do not necessarily rep- 
resent the Sauce staff or the Uni- 


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Political trick or treat 

By T. Hargis 


that scare 
Well how 
this: Presi- 
dent John Kerry. I 
know I should 
have warned you before I put 
something like that before your 

It's almost Halloween and all of 
us should be trick or treating right? 
Let's play trick or truth shall we. 

Trick: The left would have you 
believe that when George W. Bush 
is re-elected there will be a draft for 
all 18 to 24 year olds. 

Truth: New York Rep. Charlie 
Rangel and South Carolina Sen. 
Fritz Hollings, both Democrats, 
have sponsored bills in the House 
and Senate respectively to re-insti- 
tute the draft. Rangel's bill is stuck 
in committee and Hollings' bill did 
not even have one co-sponsor. Not 
one Republican has advocated a 
draft. Who are they trying to scare? 

Trick: Republicans are trying to 
disenfranchise the public's right to 

Truth: After trying to persuade 
Ralph Nader from running as a 
candidate, Democrats have spent 
billions, that's right billions using 
lawyers from all over the country 

to protest signatures to keep 
minority candidate Ralph Nader 
off the ballot. Liberal Judges throw 
Nader off the ballot while state 
supreme courts put him back on. 
They fought his right to be on the 
ballot in California. Even Bush 
doesn't care if his name is on the 
ballot in California anyway, it 
voted for Gore in 2000 by 25 per- 

What are Democrats afraid of, 
people voting for whom they 
believe should lead the country? 

Trick: George Bush was not duti- 
fully elected in 2000. 

Truth: We all play by the same 
Electoral College rules here, peo- 
ple. Before the law suits fly by all 
five candidates for the office of the 
presidency we should understand 
the current system. Forty-eight 
states, including Louisiana, have 
winner-take-all systems. The win- 
ner of the popular vote in the state 
gets all the electoral votes. Maine 
and Nebraska dole out the first two 
electors by a statewide vote while 
the rest are proportionally divided 
based on congressional districts. 

Now to complicate things even 
further, and look for a lawsuit here 
in November, is the measure on the 
Colorado ballot that will change 
their winner take all system to a 
proportional system if passed this 

election. They need to tally the 
votes for that measure before they 
can cast their electorate votes, so 
we may all be up waiting for Col- 
orado this year to decide the race. 

With the escalating crisis going 
on in both parties with states 
redrawing district lines to fit party 
strongholds, going to congression- 
al districts is a very bad idea. It will 
further encourage more redistrict- 
ing by legislatures in power and it 
will blur the line of checks and bal- 
ances between the legislative 
branch and the executive branch if 
we go to congressional districts. A 
Democrat's vote in a largely 
Republican district would be 
worthless, yet his vote in a state- 
wide election could be crucial in a 
total tally. 

The whole idea of the Electoral 
College is to make battleground 
states. One of the reasons for the 
Electoral College was the states 
elect their choice for the president 
and each state's vote would be 
weighed based on its population. 
The college electorates were divid- 
ed so the small states should be 
able to balance the larger ones. If 
we move to a districting process, 
we might as well let the House of 
Representatives pick our president, 
which is Republican controlled, so 
it might not be that bad of an idea. 

On separate note John Kerry wa 
quoted by ESPN saying "...I mean 
I don't believe in curses, but I dt 
think that we've been under 
cloud here and there. I was 
yards away from Billy Buckner b 
that famous Shea Stadium gameii 

The story describes the Red Son 
up three games to two and literally 
one strike away from a world seria 
win has Kerry showing up at Shea 
stadium mid-game and sitting 31 
yards away from first base art 
"the error." 

Game seven this year is on Ha 
loween, go figure, and I actuallj 
like the Sox to beat the Cards. Let'! 
hope the Boston drought for White 
House continues, John Kennedj 
was the only other Bostonian eled 
ed, and Kerry keeps his clouds 
away from the Sox. Not to oomph 
cate things further but Kerry is i 
big Boston Red Sox fan, so let's just 
hope the Babe wasn't a Republican 
at least for the Sox's sake. 

http: / / /esp» 

Thomas Hargis is a senior gen- 
eral studies major. His opinions 
do not necessarily represent the 
Sauce staff or the University. 

Reflections on elections 

By Justin 

As I'm sure we 
are all painfully 
aware, this Tuesday 
is Election Day, the 
one day every four 
years when a portion of the Ameri- 
can public shakes off their political 
apathy and chooses the lies that 
appeal to them more. Over the last 
six months we have been bombard- 
ed by countless activists begging us 
to vote. According to them, this is 
the pinnacle of our civic lives and 
the most sacred duty we as Ameri- 
cans hold. 

Though I agree that voting is 
important, I resent the idea that this 
is the alpha and omega of our citi- 
zenship. Too many people tune in 
to politics just before the election, 

turn out to vote, get their sticker, 
and go into civic hibernation for 
another four years. This aggra- 
vates me to no end. We are sup- 
posed to be a government of the 
people, by the people and for the 
people. This means that the gov- 
ernment does not begin and end at 
the borders of Washington D.C. 
The American populace is as inti- 
mate a member of the political 
process as a senator, a representa- 
tive, or even a president. 

As a Republic, we elect people to 
represent us in politics. However, 
this does not free us of our respon- 
sibilities. The men and women we 
elect are not dictators. They are 
employees who are supposed to 
represent the wills of their con- 
stituency. As such, it is our duty to 
keep tabs on those we put into 
power, lest they forget their duty 

and overstep their bounds. As 
much as it is the duty of the senator 
to vote on legislation, it is our duty 
to pay attention to their votes and 
inform them of our opinion. As 
much as it is the president's role to 
set foreign and domestic policy, it is 
our duty to be educated about that 
policy and support it or fight it as 
we see fit. 

It is not enough to simply say 
that you love this country. Patriot- 
ic songs, flag lapel pins, and 
unquestioning loyalty do not make 
anyone a good American. In order 
to truly appreciate and participate 
in this country, one must be politi- 
cally active not only on Election 
Day, but also on every day in 

I hope that everyone who is able 
will turn out to vote on Tuesday. 
While you are voting, I hope you 

will keep in mind that your civic 
duty is not limited to that ballot 
box. It is an omnipresent part o 
our existence that we must 
embrace or risk losing. 

It is not enough to blindly pull 
lever and put your support behind 
a candidate you know or care littl* 
about. An uniformed vote is worse 
than no vote at all, and a vote that 
is not backed by a willingness to ad 
is a perverse mockery of citizen* 

Our birthright as Americans has 
given us a great gift and a heavy 
duty; we should not take eithef 

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your life, which can have 
absolutely nothing to do with the 
opposite sex (as hard as that is to 
believe), are just as complex and 
frustrating. You can be walking 
along one day, minding your 
own business, and then Bam! 
someone insults you or brings 
you down for absolutely no rea- 
son. Well, that person may think 
they have a perfectly logical rea- 
son for being a jerk to you - but 
as far as I am concerned, and I 
am sure you will agree, making 
fun of someone for the way they 
talk or dress does not results 
from logical reasoning. Though 
this may not be their exact rea- 
soning, you get the idea. There 
are other ways that you are hurt 
in little ways that you probably 
never let on - like when people 
tell you that you can't, you 
won't, or you just don't have the 
guts. And usually - do not deny 
it, reader - you just keep your 
mouth shut and walk away, 
don't you? 

Well, today I put it to you to 
stand up for yourself, reader. 
Whether it is because someone 
tells you that you are stupid or 
just cuts in front of you in a line - 
do not just move aside and do 
not stand meekly by while some- 
one makes an idiot of you. This is 
college, the place where you are 
supposed to have the freedom to 
finally be who you want to be. 
This is supposed to be complete- 
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in which teenagers bow down 
every day to their pagan god: 
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you are a dissenter or blasphe- 
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be different.) However, just like 
in high school there seems to be 
an abundance of narrow minded 
people here, who belittle those 
who dare to go their own way. To 
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tell you to play nice, and that if 
you have nothing nice to say, say 
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going to be just like you. You 
should have realized this at the 
age of two when you discovered 
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Ghost stories 

The legend of Isabella lives on in students' memories 

By Derick Jones 

Sauce Reporter 
Raquel Hill 

Life Editor 

It's that time of year again when 
stories of ghosts and goblins are 
retold. But what about our own 
ghost story? 

With Halloween approaching, it 
is no surprise hearing the name 
Isabella in any conversation 
remotely dealing with strange 
things happening on campus. If the 
name is not ringing a bell, which it 
should (because in every freshman 
orientation class she is mentioned), 
she is the spirit that haunts NSU. 

As the story goes, Isabella lived 
on the Bullard Plantation where 
she was a recluse to the world. She 
met a traveling man who was an 
Easterner, instantly fell in love and 
became engaged not long after. She 
had secret rendezvous with him, 
and after he died from a duel, she 
refused to leave the house. She 
then became a nun and worked for 
the Religious Society of the Sacred 
Heart, a part of the Bullard Man- 

After a violent storm, from 
which everyone else in the man- 
sion had evacuated, she stayed 
behind and locked herself in her 
room alone. When the storm sub- 
sided, maids came to check her 
room and had to break the lock on 
the door. Upon entering, they 
found a bloody handprint on the 
wall and an open window. Tradi- 
tion states that she leaves this 
bloody handprint on the wall of 
every building that is her resi- 

According to campus legend, 
Isabella traditionally resides in the 
oldest building on campus. In 1904, 
she was moved from Bullard Man- 
sion when it was torn down to East 
Hall. Students were involved in the 
last three moves. Isabella was 
moved in 1926 from the site of the 
demolished East Hall to the music 
education building. It was in 1926 

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The Second Street cemetery might not look haunted, but notice the "light-orbs" toward the right of the photograph?" 

that a bloody handprint was 
reported to have been found. When 
that building was torn down in 
1948, Isabella was escorted to Cald- 
well Hall. 

In 1982, when Caldwell Hall 
burned down, she was then moved 
to Nelson Hall. No causes were 
found for the fire, but it was said 
that it started in the basement. 
Believed to have lived on the third 
floor, Isabella made her presence 
known. The local firefighters 
explained that "the window kept 
opening and shutting on the third 
floor," and how "that was the only 
window that remained intact on 
the building on that floor." She was 
said to have been saving her 

Due to the fires and renovation 
to Nelson Hall, now the National 
Center for Preservation Technology 
and Training, she seemed to make 
her own way to Varnado Hall. In 
the process of her moves, strange 
things have occurred. 

Students have spotted pianos 
playing alone and even shadows in 
the darkness and random fires, 
over the years. Varnado Hall resi- 
dents like Ansonia Means, senior 
hospitality and tourism major, and 
Shantell Francis, sophomore social 
work major, believe that the NSU 
legend is really a creepy reality. 

The two residents said that 
Isabella has been in their presence. 
Earlier this semester during the 
Natchitoches blackout, the two 
were in Francis' Varnado room. 

"All the lights in the building 
were out, except the emergency 
ones," Francis said, "and I told 
Ansonia that it was probably 

Means then said she did not 
believe in Isabella and just then, the 
emergency lights flickered and 
turned off. 

That was not the first time Fran- 
cis said she encountered the leg- 
endary ghost. One day, she 
approached the door to her room 

and attempted to open it. Thinking 
her roommate was playing a trick 
on her by trying to keep the door 
from opening by, Francis asked to 
be let in. When the door was final- 
ly released, she was surprised to 
see that no one was in the room. 

Another Isabella "survivor" is 
Jibri Houston, a first year graduate 
student. In his Sabine dorm room, 
Houston was asleep and suddenly 
felt a jolt of freezing coldness 
through his entire body. He tried to 
scream out loud, but nothing came 

"It felt like my body was frozen 
for a few seconds and then released 
by something," said Houston. 

So, after hearing these disturbing 
and uncanny tales of our famous 
NSU ghost, can a conclusion of 
whether Isabella is a deviant pol- 
tergeist or just a menacing 
prankster be made? 

Unless she comes knocking on 
your door, the truth might never be 

Must-shriek TV lurks around the corner 

By Joanne Weintraub 

Courtesy KRTCampus 

It's hard to pinpoint exactly 
when Halloween became, like 
Christmas, not just an event but a 
season. But with whole aisles in 
drugstores and card shops having 
gone black and orange five min- 
utes after Labor Day, how can tele- 
vision hold back on its own pump- 
kins-and-goblins act? 

Some Halloween specials are 
best viewed with the lights on. 
Others are more foolish than 
ghoulish, like the late, great 
"SCTV's" show-within-a-show, 
"Monster Chiller Horror Theatre," 
where Joe Flaherty's Count Floyd 
would get to the end of some awful 
fake thriller say, "Dr. Tongue's 3D 
House of Cats" and intone, utterly 
without conviction: "Ooh, that's 

Some viewers might put "The 
100 Scariest Movie Moments" (9 
p.m. Tuesday through Oct. 30, 
Bravo) in the don't-turn-out-the- 
lights category, though even the 
most unnerving scenes, those from 
"Carrie," "The Shining'' and "Wait 
Until Dark" come to mind, are eas- 
ier to take when they're between 

quotation marks, so to speak. 

Still, having seen "The Ring" for 
the first time, on cable, just a few 
weeks ago, I still shivered a little at 
the clip presented here. And just 
the thought of one particular scene 
in "Seven" is creeping me out a lit- 
tle as I write this. 

The talking heads which would 
be a decent title for a spooky movie 
if a band hadn't taken it include old 
horror hands Stephen King, Wes 
Craven, John Carpenter and Give 
Barker. At 10 hours, it's a bit much, 
so be advised that the special 

Courtesy KRTCampus 

counts down from least to most 
scary, with the Oct. 30 installment 
reserved for the truly hair-raising. 

AMC's "Monsterfest," now in its 
eighth year, offers eight days of 
horror movies and original pro- 
gramming from Sunday through 
Oct. 31. (See for 
the complete schedule.) One of the 
highlights is the Halloween- 
themed premiere of a weekly reali- 
ty series, "FilmFakers" (10 p.m. 
Wednesday, repeated 1:30 a.m. & 7 
p.m. Oct. 28 and 10:45 a.m. Oct. 31, 

Each hourlong episode follows 
three aspiring actors through their 
first movie, a low-budget genre 
film. The twist is that say it with me 
the flick is a fake, with everyone 
else on the set, from the director to 
the other actors and lighting guys, 
in on the joke. 

Fittingly, the "Monsterfest" edi- 
tion is "Croc Park," a hilariously 
awful pseudo-indie film about four 
attractive twentysomethings who 
encounter man-eating crocodiles in 
the north woods. Crafty, those 
crocs: Who'd expect them in hip- 
deep snow? 

Like vampires, these evil reptiles 
recruit as they chomp, converting 
each new gore-splattered human 
victim into another bloodthirsty 
crocodile. As one of the actress-vic- 
tims puts it: "You can bite into my 
body, but you'll never bite into my 

The deception is both pretty 
funny and less mean than it 

Once they learn the truth, the 
novice actors quickly realize that a 
cable reality show might actually 
get them wider exposure than the 
straight-to-video cheapie they 
See Must-Shriek, page 6 

What was your 
favorite tfaUoween 
costume as a cni 

By Victoria Smith 

"My favorite costume was 
Raggedy Ann, because I 
loved the cartoons." 

-Ansonia Means, senior hospi- 
tality management and tourism 

"I remember that my mom 
would dress me up as a 
pumpkin when I was three 
or four. A big orange pump- 

-Elizabeth McNeill, senior biol- 
ogy major. 

• Little Red Riding Hood. 
She was a little girl, and she 
conquered the big, bad 

-Jessica Curiel- Sophomore 
music education major. 

"My favorite costume was 
Batman because I loved to 
watch that show when I was 
a kid." 

-Keith Scott- Sophomore biolo- 
gy major. 



Choosing a 

Trick or treat, smell my — 
Chanel No. 5? 

When it comes to purchasing a 
fragrance that embodies your 
personality, choose wisely. Oth- 
erwise you could seriously end 
up offending the people around 

This week, your job is to find a 
scent that really fits your lifestyle 
and your nasal preferences. Con- 
sider all factors: your body chem- 
istry, the type of scent you're 
looking for and the effect you are 
wanting to emanate. 

Ever hear of the expression "an 
elephant never forgets?" Ele- 
phants don't forget because their 
memory is triggered by scent. 
Although humans lack the obvi- 
ous trunk, our memory is also 
closely tied with out sense of 
smell. So remember, be picky 
when it comes to selecting the 
perfect aroma for your chemistry, 
because you'll be remembered 
for it. 

There are tons of fragrances 
out there to choose from, but 
consider the lilies (and the jas- 
mine and the vanilla). Here are 
some of my favorite and most 
fabulous fragrances for men and 
for women. 

For the Guys: 

"Blue" by Polo: 

This strong, sensual fragrance 
is perfect for the guy willing to 
intrigue his senses as well as the 
girl next door. This warm and 
inviting scent was introduced in 
2002 with hints of patchouli, 
geranium, amber and melon. 
This is probably my favorite 
scent for men because it reminds 
me of my significant other (hence 
the memory factor). This scent is 
what I think a man should smell 
like. Beware, however; its power 
can be a bit of a nuisance to the 
nostrils if too much is sprayed 
onto the body. Usually, two short 
sprays are all you need. 

"Romance" by Ralph Lauren: 
Another one of Mr. Lauren's 
genius fragrances is on store 
shelves with this refreshing bou- 
quet of warm, sexy citrus and 
lavender, with sweet spices and 
woods. If you want to attract 
women in a dreamy, romantic 
sense while still keeping your 
manly reputation, try it out. 
Because of its lightness, it is rec- 
ommended that that this scent be 
worn during the daytime. 

"Dynamic" by Adidas: 

I can envision a typical athletic 
male with traces of this scent fol- 
lowing him around all day. 
"Dynamic" smells exactly the 
way it is titled. Its spicy, sweet 
aroma is outdoorsy and fresh. 
Can't you just imagine hiking 
through the mountains or white- 
water rafting with cologne like 

"Curve" for Men by Liz Clai- 

The refreshing scent of Curve 
clears my senses and leaves me 
longing for a — well — I'll leave 
what I'm longing for to your 
imagination. Curve has fra- 
grance hints of fresh greens, 
warm wind, pepper, with splash- 
es of mahogany and water. This 
is another one of my very 
favorite male smells. 

For the Gals: 

"Ralph " by Ralph Lauren: 
This ferrunine, flowery scent is 
perfect for the simple, low-main- 
tenance woman. A woman who 
wears this is usually confident, 
fun-loving and easy to please. 
This scent is refreshing and light 
with hints of jasmine and fruit, 
and it is recommended for day- 
time wear. This is my everyday 
fragrance and it is perfect for the 
gal on the go. 

"L'eau D'Issey" by lssey Miyake: 
This is my sexy scent — I wear 
this one when I have a special 
event or dinner to attend. In 
L'eau D'Issey, I definitely feel like 

■ See Scents, page 6 

Life — the Current Sauce — Thursday, October 28, 2004 

E&gga Scents 




Starting This Friday 

Cinema IV 

Movie Line: 


Oct. 29 - Nov. 4, 2004 

Shark Tale - PG 

Mon - Fri 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m 

Sat & Sun 
2 p.m. 4:20 p.m. 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m 

The Grudge - PG-13 

Mon - Fri 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

Sat & Sun 
2 p.m. 4:20 p.m. 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

Surviving Christmas - PG-13 

Mon - Fri 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

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a woman. The sharp, aquatic 
quality this fragrance possesses 
contains whispers of fresh water 
floral essence. 

"True Star" by Tommy Hilfiger: 
This is probably the best fra- 
grance for nighttime activities. 
This delicate fragrance is fun and 
fearless, so be sure to wear this for 
a night on the town. Spritz on this 
floral scent, and then go dancing. 
What else would you expect from 
a scent that Beyonce Knowles 
helped inspire? Can we say "Eau 
de Bling?" 

"Warm Vanilla Sugar" by Bath 
and Body Works: 

This scent is perfect for the fall 
season! It reminds me of home 
during the holidays and fresh, 
just-out-of-the-oven chocolate 
chip cookies. Spray this on, and 
you'll get those warm-fuzzies that 
can only be found with a scent as 
sweet as its name. 

Think you've found a fragrance 
that you might be interested in? 
Go to a department store, and ask 
for a card sample. "Try on" each 
scent by rubbing the card where 
you think you'll wear your 
cologne or perfume the most. One 
at a time, please! Remember not to 
overload your senses. 

Beware the fragrances created 
by Britney Spears and Celine 
Dion. Although their musical tal- 
ent may be sound sweet, the scent 
is just the opposite. In fact, Brit- 
ney's "Curious" just plain smells 
like sex, while Celine's self-titled 
fragrance smells like the lack 

After figuring out which scents 
collaborate with your chemistry 
the best, let your nose and your 
imagination take flight and enjoy 
the aroma you and your essence 
have created. 

*Do you have questions or com- 
ments about fashion, trends or 
products. If so, be sure to send an 
e-mail to Raquel at SaucyFash- Who knows? It 
could be featured in the next issue 
of the Current Sauce. 

_ . . „ ,„ , „, Cheryl Thompson/f/ic Ci rrkm S u (E 

From left: Shane Stelly (Creon), Chris Ware (Oedipus) and Bryan Williams (Orade) in the NSU Theater Department's rendition of "Oedipus Rox." 

KNWD releases this week's Top 30 list 


ARTIST, Recording 



ZUTONS, Who Killed... The Zutons 



TOM WAITS, Real Gone 



BLACK KEYS, Rubber Factory 



ELLIOTT SMITH, From A Basement On The Hill 






HOT SNAKES, Audit In Progress 



TUB RING, Zoo Hypothesis 



THE FAINT, Wet From Birth 



FLOGGING MOLLY, Within A Mile Of Home 












IQU, Sun Q 



BRANDON WIARD, Painting A Burning Building 



VALET, Life On The Installment Plan 

SAUL WILLIAMS, Saul Williams 
PINBACK, Summer In Abaddon 
DE LA SOUL, The Grind Date 
CUB COUNTRY, Stay Poor/Stay Happy 
STRAYLIGHT RUN, Straylight Run 
RILO KILEY, More Adventurous 
GREEN DAY, American Idiot 
PALOMAR, Palomarlll: Revenge Of Palomar 
LIBERTINES, The Libertines 
EXPLOSION, Black Tape 
SHOCKER, Up Your Ass Tray 
THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES, Oxeneers Or The Lion Sleeps When 

Its Antelope Go Home 

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thought they were making. 

Future episodes will feature 
guest stars Erik Estrada in a fake 
Mafia movie, "Big Bang"; Rachel 
Hunter in a faux Western, "The 
Committed"; and "American Idol's" 
Justin Guarini in a make-believe 
teen musical called I love this "Song 

Though "Croc Park" is a joke, 
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more real horror movies than you 
can flick a scaly tail at. They're one 
of the main categories considered 
in "Hollywood's Creepiest Crea- 

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hosted by that pun-loving mistress 
of the dark, Elvira. 

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it's here: the bats of "Dracula," the 
rats of "Willard," the baleful bird of 
"The Raven," the killer dog of 
"Cujo," the sinister felines of "The 
Curse of the Cat People," the multi- 
ple sharks of all those "Jaws"-es, 
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Animal Planet's "Howl-o-ween 
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Thursday, October 28, 2004 — the Current Sauce — Sports 

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NSU 1, Houston 3 

Whitney King continues to lay 
claim as one of the top freshman 
in the Southland Conference, 
knocking down 15 kills while hit- 
ting .375, but it wasn't enough as 
the NSU volleyball squad fell to 
Houston 25-30, 30-26, 23-30 and 
21-30 here Tuesday night. 

Already the co-owner of the 
school record with 31 kills in a 
match, she has obtained double- 
digits in kills in 16 of the 24 
matches played and has 282 total 
kills on the season, just 90 shy of 
breaking into the top five on the 
school's single-season kills list. 

Isabela Duarte added 12 kills 
while Beth Freeland finished with 
10 for the Lady Demons (11-13). 
Flavia Belo flirted with yet anoth- 
er triple-double match, getting 
seven kills, 17 digs and 26 assists. 

NSU 3, SHSU 2 

One day after losing its first 

home match of the season, the 
NSU Demon volleyball squad ral- 
lied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat 
Sam Houston State in five sets 
here Saturday afternoon, and 
improving its record in Prather 
Coliseum to 6-1. 

The win keeps the Lady 
Demons' postseason hopes alive 
as they improve to 11-12 overall 
and 7-6 in league play. 

They are now tied with Sam 
Houston State (13-9, 7-6) for the 
sixth and final spot in the South- 
land Conference Tournament that 
begins on Nov. 18. The win also 
gave NSU its first-ever seven win 
season in league play. 

After falling in the first game 
30-21, NSU reversed the digits to 
take game two 30-21. 

Isabela Duarte and Whitney 
King kept the Lady Demons in the 
match with King leading the team 
with 16 kills followed by Duarte's 
14 as NSU sent the match to the 
deciding fifth game with a 30-27 
game four win. 

In the fifth, NSU rolled out to a 
3-0 lead before the Bearkats could 
get on the board. King had three 

kills in the game including the 
game-winner to give NSU a 15-8 

Ashley Hadley led the team 
with 17 digs while Rachel Ford 
picked up a double-double with 
10 digs and a team-high 26 assists. 

The Lady Demons will now hit 
the road for six straight matches 
beginning with a non-conference 
contest at Houston at 7 on Tues- 
day. NSU will return home on 
Nov. 9 against Stephen F. Austin. 

NSU 0, UTSA 3 

Texas-Arlington used a high- 
powered offensive attack to down 
the NSU Demons in three sets 30- 
23, 30-28 and 30-17 in Southland 
Conference volleyball action here 
Friday night. 

The Lady Demons (10-12, 6-6) 
put up a good fight, hitting .200 on 
the night with Isabela Duarte lead- 
ing the team with 15 kills and 10 
digs. Whitney King added 13 kills 
while hitting .324 as NSU drops to 
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The Way 
I See It 


Excuse me, waiter, I 
would like to order now. 
May I please have an order 
of crow, with a side dish of 
broken hearts and a tall, 
cool glass of hell frozen 

Last week my beloved 
New York Yankees lost in 
the ALCS to the hapless, 
mediocre Red Sox of Boston. 
As a result, I am currently 
enrolled in a 12-step pro- 
gram for heartbroken Yan- 
kee fans. Openly expressing 
my sorrow is step four. 

I claimed it would never 
happen in my lifetime; not 
in a thousand years. Man, 
was I wrong. 

This was a devastating 
loss in the truest sense of the 
word. New York was up 
three games to none in the 
series, and I was feeling 
pretty darn good. I was 
ready to rub it in to every 
baseball fan I knew. 

"This is proof that the 
curse of the Bambino exists 
and is all-powerful," I said. 

For those of you who do 
not know, the curse con- 
cerns the Red Sox trading 
Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 
1919. Boston has been with- 
out a title ever since. 

Boston bounced back and 
won games four, five and 
six. During this span, the 
Yanks blew two leads late in 
the game. 

"Uh oh," I thought, "this 
is not good." I was seriously 
beginning to doubt the Yan- 
kees' invincibility. They 
couldn't lose, could they? 

As you can probably 
guess, the Red Sox won 
game seven at Yankee Stadi- 
um by seven runs. Boston 
was in the World Series for 
the first time since 1986, and 
the Babe turned in his grave. 
Fate had hocked a loogie 
and spat in my face. 

The next day I was in the 
deepest level of despair. 

"Woe is my down-trod- 
den heart!" I cried out in 

My so-called friends said 
stuff like, "Can you believe 
they blew a three game 
lead?" or "ESPN is saying it 
is the biggest collapse in 
sports history." 

During this I am thinking, 
"while I am dangling on the 
cliff of baseball despair, 
could you please step on my 
hands just one more time?" 

After hitting bottom I 
realized that the Red Sox 
winning was not the end of 
the world. Yeah, they may 
have won the World Series, 
but in the end they will 
always be inferior. 

The Yankees have 26 
titles, which is 20 more than 
the Sox. Life is good when 
seen from that perspective. 
Thank God for Ruth, 
DiMaggio, Mantle and Jeter: 
I will be forever thankful. 

It has been a week since 
my tragedy, and the world 
did not end like I thought it 

Life will go on, and the 
Yankees will fight another 
day. Long live the Bronx 
Bombers and their glorious 

Mmmm crow tastes 

like chicken. 

Also Sports fan, remem- 
ber to go vote this week in 
the presidential election on 

Listen to 97.3 f.m. on Sat- 
urday to see how the 
Demons are playing against 
the Bison. You never know 
what will happen. 

NSU to hunt Bison 

By Patrick West 

Sports Editor 

The NSU Demons are tak- 
ing a trip to Fargo, N.D. to 
hunt Bison. 

The 31st annual Harvest 
Bowl is the Demons' first 
match up against the North 
Dakota State Bison, and they 
look to rebound after an 
upset last week against 
Nicholls State. The Bison are 
also looking to win after a 
tough loss last week against 
Great West conference foe 
and No. 5 California Poly- 
technic State. 

With the Demons' loss last 
week, they fell from No. 9 to 
No. 15 in both major Division 
I-AA Top 25 Polls and hope 
to hold onto that position 
with a win against the No. 26 
ranked Bison. 

"This is a huge test for us," 
Demon head coach Scott 
Stoker said. "We need to play 
well this week to help us get 
confidence for November." 

The Demons have strug- 
gled on the road this season, 
and playing in Fargo will be 
their toughest test this sea- 
son. The Bison have won 
their last nine of 11 home 
games and since 1980, have 
won 201 out of 211 home 
games. NDSU has a 91 per- 
cent win rate at home in the 
FargoDome where 18,000 
people are expected to attend 
Saturday's contest. 

"A winning record like 
that is unheard of," Stoker 
said. "That is just ridiculous 
to have a record like that, and 
it will be a hostile environ- 

This season the Demons 
are 1-2 on the road, and they 
statistically play worse away 
from Turpin Stadium. The 
Purple Swarm defense has 
allowed 155 more yards per 
game and seven points more 
per game. 

The NSU offense has also 
struggled averaging 149 
yards less and 34 less points 
on the road, and the Demons 
have not won a game 
indoors. NSU is 0-3 indoors, 
including a loss to Northern 

Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Service 

Demon quarterback Connor Morel throws a pass against the Nicholls State Colonels last Thursday. 
Despite Morel's effort, the Demons loss to the Colonels 40-14 in Thibodaux, La. 

Iowa last season in the 

"We haven't played well 
on the road, and that is a 
fact," Stoker said. "We are 
two totally different teams in 
the dome." 

The Bison are entering 
their first season as an I-AA 
school after making the jump 
from Division II status. 
NDSU is no stranger to win- 
ning; the Bison have won 
five national titles as a Divi- 
sion II school and have made 
the transition to Division I- 
AA easily. 

Saturday's game will also 
pit two of the top defenses in 
Division I-AA as both teams' 
are ranked in the top five. 
The Purple Swarm Defense is 
ranked second nationally in 
total defense only giving up 
228 ypg and are ranked first 
nationally in rush defense 
only giving up 63 ypg. 

The Bison mirror the Pur- 
ple Swarm, only giving up 

269 total ypg while giving up 
a meager 14 points per game. 

Coach Stoker said the 
Bison defensive line is just 
like NSU's front four. 

"North Dakota State's 
defense is just like ours," 
Stoker said. "They don't blitz 
a lot because their front four 
guys are that good." 

For the Demons to win, 
NSU needs to hold on to the 
football and not commit 
turnovers or penalties. 

The Demons had six 
turnovers including 14 
penalties for 87 yards that 
contributed to their downfall 
last week. 

"When you turn the foot- 
ball over that many times, 
you are not going to beat 
anybody," Stoker said. "It 
was a nightmarish game last 
week, and, hopefully, we 
have woke up from it." 

The battle between the 
Demons and the Bison is set 
for 1 p.m. Saturday in Fargo. 

NSU 14, Nicholls 40 

The NSU Demons were 
plagued with mistakes and 
turnovers helping the 
Nicholls State Colonels pull 
off the upset Thursday night 
on FSN Southwest television. 

"When we play that bad 
and turn the ball over that 
much we are not going to 
beat anybody," Demon head 
coach Scott Stoker said. "We 
can't turn the football over 
like that, and it was embar- 

The Demons had four fum- 
bles, three interceptions and 
14 penalties in the 40-14 
shocking loss to the Colonels, 
which snapped an NSU five 
game winning streak. This is 
the Colonels' second straight 
defeat over the Demons. Last 
season, Nicholls beat NSU on 
homecoming 40-30. 

"We are a good football 
team when we execute," 
Stoker said. "But when we 
don't execute it's ugly to 

watch, and we just didn't do 
anything right." 

The game started off with 
NSU scoring on 67 and 80 
yard offensive drives and 
had an early lead. 

Then, the game took an 
unusual turn. Nicholls 
scored first in the third quar- 
ter off a safety after NSU was 
pinned on their own 2-yard 

On the ensuing drive after 
the free kick, Nicholls quar- 
terback Yale Vannoy threw a 
deep ball into double cover- 
age, but Demon cornerback 
Prentice West and free safety 
Russ Washington collided, 
sending the ball right into the 
hands of Colonel receiver 
Jared Landrum. 

Landrum then scampered 
down the field for a 54-yard 
touchdown score giving the 
Colonels a 12-point lead. 

"We didn't execute like we 
were suppose to, and we did- 
n't play as a team," Safety 
Bryan McMillan said. "We 
were not focused tonight, 
and we just out outplayed 
and out executed by 

The Demon offense fin- 
ished the night with 348 
yards of total offense. 

Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Service 

Demon head coach Scott Stok- 
er is displeased with his team 
during the loss to Nicholls. 

NSU sweeps at home 

Leslie Westbrook/the Current Sauce 

Sophomore Demon midfielder Mya Walsh runs down the field 
against Texas State last Friday. NSU beat TSU 2-1. 

By Justin Hebert 

Sauce Reporter 

It was a clean sweep for 
the NSU Demon soccer team 
this weekend as they 
downed Southland Confer- 
ence opponents Texas State 
and Sam Houston, both by 
scores of 2-1. 

The Demons entered the 
weekend tied for fourth in 
the Southland Conference 
but can finish anywhere 
from first to fifth going into 
the Southland Conference 
tournament which begins 
Nov. 4 at Southeastern 
Louisiana in Hammond. 

It depends on what hap- 
pens around the conference 
and whether they win their 
last regular season game 
against Louisiana-Monroe 
on Friday. 

Friday night the Demons 
withstood some rain and a 
late comeback attempt by 
the Texas State Bobcats at the 
Demon Soccer Complex. 

NSU improved their con- 
ference record to 6-4 and 
hope to propel their already 
established seed in the SLC 

Sophomore midfielder 
Marliese Latiolais scored 
first against Texas State with 
19 minutes already ticked off 
the clock in the first half on 
an assist from midfielder 
Natalie Waguespack to take 
the lead 1-0. 

With six minutes still to go 

in the first half, defender 
Ashley Hadley broke away 
from midfield and nailed a 
goal to give the Demons a 2- 
lead, which eventually was 
all they needed. 

Texas State finally scored 
on a put back off a blocked 
shot but was held in check 
by NSU for the remainder of 
the game. 

"It was a big win for us," 
Demons head coach Jimmy 
Mitchell said. 

"I didn't think we played 
particularly well, but we 
played hard, and sometimes 
it is more important to play 
hard than well." 

NSU followed up one big 
win with another at home 
Sunday beating the Sam 
Houston State Bearkats and 
moving to a 9-10 record 
overall and 7-4 in the SLC. 

Demon defender Kaitlin 
Bowman scored first with a 
header off Natalie Wagues- 
pack's corner kick that came 
33 minutes into the first half. 

The Bearkats tied the game 
with 3 minutes left in the 
half, but NSU came out 
strong after halftime when 
sophomore midfielder Julie 
Zavala scored one minute 
into the second half for the 
eventual winning goal. 

Coach Mitchell said that it 
was important for the team 
to show they could win both 
games this weekend with the 
SLC tournament right 
around the corner. 

"This is the first weekend 
in a long time we have won 
both of our games, and I feel 
that's so important because 
we have to be able to get into 
the conference tournament 
and turn around right after a 
game to play again and be 
successful," Mitchell said. 

Demon coach Jimmy 
Mitchell said his team needs 
to play consistently and try 
to let some players rest 
before the tournament. 

"When you're fatigued is 
when you lose your concen- 
tration level and I could see 
us doing that at times during 
games," Mitchell said. 
"We've got to work on that a 
little bit. But the biggest 
thing is just to get our legs 
back under us." 

The lone regular season 
game the Demons have left 
will be Friday night at 7 
p.m., at the Demon Soccer 
Complex, against conference 
opponent Louisiana-Mon- 

The game will also be the 
Demons' senior night for 
three players and one assis- 
tant coach. 

The three senior players 
are midfielder Dani Thomas, 
defenders Katie Priest and 
Amy Hester along with for- 
mer goal keeper and student 
assistant coach Nellie Latio- 
lais. Latiolais did not play 
her senior year due to injury. 

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University makes plans to create learning environment for students 

By Kyle A. Carter 

News Editor 

Two weeks ago, the 
Louisiana Board of Regents 
and the University of 
Louisiana System Board of 
Supervisors approved the 
construction of a new resi- 
dence hall near the Teacher 
Education Center. 

Members of the University 
administration, legal and 
financial consultants, a repre- 
sentative from Century 
Development, SGA President 
Mindy McConnell and 
Natchitoches Mayor Wayne 

McCullen gathered Oct. 28 
and Oct. 29 before members 
of the two boards to make 
one last appeal for approval 
of the new dorm complex. 
Anthony Scheffler, vice presi- 
dent of student affairs, said 
the presentation was out- 

"The best thing about the 
presentation was the coordi- 
nation of it," Scheffler said. 
"Both Boards gave us compli- 
ments on the presentation." 

Now with final approval 
from both Boards, President 
Randall Webb said Century 
Development, the construc- 

tion and management com- 
pany for the University 
Columns and this new hous- 
ing project, is ready to begin 
construction soon. But the 
University must still gain 
approval from the Louisiana 
Community Development 
Authority to sell bonds for 
the money to construct the 
new building. Construction 
will begin soon after the 
approval from LCDA is 
given, Webb said. 

Scheffler said that details 
on how to make the building 
a place of learning and con- 
struction of the dorm itself 

are still not finalized. He said 
ideas being considered 
include guest lectures, faculty 
living in the building, advis- 
ing nights and video class- 
rooms. These ideas came 
from other universities, he 
said, but nothing is official. 

"We are looking at every- 
thing that can enhance the 
learning experience," Schef- 
fler said. 

Vincent Spencer, develop- 
ment manager for Century 
Development, said the build- 
ing's design and location 
have been decided. He said 
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A computer-generated image depicts the new dorm complex, which will include a pool and a community 
center for residents. The new dorm is set to open next fall. 

University to enforce freshman live on campus rule 

By Elaine Broussard 

Editor in Chief 

Next fall, the University 
will begin enforcing a long- 
established rule requiring 
incoming freshmen to live in 
on-campus facilities. 

It is the policy of each uni- 
versity in the University of 
Louisiana System that unmar- 
ried students under the age of 
21 are required to live on cam- 
pus unless they qualify for 
exemption. However, the 

University has not enforced 
this rule in recent years. 

Dan Seymour, vice presi- 
dent of student affairs, said 
the University has not had to 
enforce the policy since mort- 
gages on the six residence 
halls were paid off in 1998. 
Documents governing the 
mortgages required the Uni- 
versity to enforce its policy 
until the buildings were paid 

"As long as the University 
owed on the buildings, the 

University was responsible 
for requiring students to live 
on campus to guarantee to the 
lenders that they would be 
paid back," Seymour said. 

Seymour also said there 
was no need to enforce the 
policy because the residence 
halls were full. 

"If the buildings are full 
and you don't owe any 
money, then you have the lux- 
ury of being lenient," Sey- 
mour said. 

However, occupancy in the 

"If the buildings are full and you don't owe any money, 
then you have the luxury of being lenient." 

Dan Seymour 

Vice President of Student Affairs 

residence halls has declined 
this semester. Felicia Young, 
coordinator of housing, said 
that 169 fewer students were 
living in the residence halls 
this September than in Sep- 

tember 2003. 

"The residence hall occu- 
pancy is a problem this year," 
Seymour said. "We probably 
should have enforced the pol- 
icy this year." 

Frances Conine, director of 
student services, said another 
problem is that occupancy in 
the University Columns has 
declined. Century Develop- 
ment, the company that 

develops and manages the 
Columns is still in debt 
because of them. Also, Cen- 
tury Development will be 
developing the new apart- 
ment-style residence hall set 
to open next fall, which will 
generate more debt. 

"We have an obligation to 
our partner, Century, for the 
University Columns and the 
new project to be sure that 
they meet their debt to their 
lenders," Conine said. 

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More than 150 students 
packed the Alley in the Stu- 
dent Union Tuesday for the 
Student Activity Board's first 
freestyle contest. 

Freestyle is a form of rap 
that requires rappers to cre- 
ate rhvmes and lyrics on the 

Contestants took the stage 
■n pairs and each contestant 
was given about 30 seconds 
to improvise a rap — usually 
condescending to the other 
contestant on stage — before 
turning the microphone over 
to his opponent. 

Despite the unfriendly 
nature of the competition, all 
°f the contestants traded 
^spectful high fives, hand- 
shakes and hugs at the end of 
e ach round. 

A winner from each pair 
w as chosen by greatest audi- 
^ce applause and was then 
allowed to move on to the 
next stage of the competition. 

Audience members 
laughed, jeered and some- 
times jumped out of their 
Se ats in response to the 

freestylers quick comebacks 
and clever cut-downs. 

The contest was originally 
only open by pre-registration 
to Rapides and Dodd Hall 
students, but show co-coor- 
dinator and Rapides SAB 
representative Jessie Dixon 
said any other students in 
attendance who wanted to 
get up and rap were wel- 
come. No one else did. 

Dixon said the event was 
his idea. 

"I just got up one day, and 
said, 'Let's do it,'" Dixon 

Dodd hall SAB representa- 
tive Sheba Osborne also 
helped coordinate the event. 

Contest winner Joshua 
Pierre, a junior accounting 
major, said he has been rap- 
ping more than eight years. 

"When I want to improve 
my skills I freestyle, but 
when I want to be serious I 
write the lyrics," Pierre said. 

In addition to the free con- 
cert, students were also 
served free ice cream, coke 
floats and pizza. 

The first place prize was 
$50 and second place winner 
Terrence McKinney won $25. 

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Students "Stic" and Ebbie Robinson trade rhymes and put downs at the SAB's first freestyle competition. 

By Tasha Braggs 

Sauce Reporter 

Sheriff Victor Jones said he 
would continue to work 
toward positive programs 
and hope for staff pay 
increases in his 2004 term. 

Jones was a guest speaker 
Monday afternoon during a 
political science forum where 
he discussed controlling ille- 
gal substance in Natchi- 
toches. Jones said he and his 
committee were still enforc- 
ing the DARE program in the 
school system, but the drug 
arrests continue to increase. 

"The only way to stop 
drugs is to just say 'no'," 
Jones said. 

Jones said he thinks the 
DARE program is effective, 
but there are other things 
that need to be done. Jones 
said he believes things need 
to be changed because young 
people are still trying drugs. 
Jones said he would like to 
begin enforcing the DARE 
program in high school to 
help them understand the 
negativity of drugs. Jones 
said another part of this plan 
he would like to enforce is 
better community policing to 
help identify crimes caused 
by drugs. 

Jones also addressed 

replenishing and trying to 
get a pay increase for his 
decreased staff. Jones said 
the staff has not had a pay 
increase since 1981. He said 
until there is a resolution for 
an increase in budget, the 
sheriff's office is identifying 
areas for special patrolling. 

Adam Zelasko, a junior 
journalism major asked Jones 
many questions concerning 
violence, drug problems and 
officer salaries in Natchi- 
toches in order to clarify 
Jones's message. 

"We need taxes for more 
officers to come and make 
Natchitoches a safer commu- 
nity and a safer place," 
Zelasko said. "Then crimi- 
nals will think twice about 
committing a crime." 

Jones also talked about his 
effective programs for the 
elderly such as "Are U Ok," 
which is a program that 
checks on the safety of the 
elderly everyday and his cel- 
lular phone donation pro- 
gram that allows senior citi- 
zens to have access to cell 
phones in case of emergency. 

"Everyday is a learning 
experience," Jones said. "I 
feel that in my second term I 
feel more comfortable, and 
my staff and I are on the 
same page." 

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Community • Church 

CClub • Campus 

American Chemical Society 

The ACS will be hostin a no 
limit Texas hold 'em tournament 
tonight at 6 p.m. at the NSU Rec. 
Center. Buy in is $5, and a $100 
first place prize will be awarded. 

Department of English 

The course ENGL 4190-45N 
Shakespeare is listed incorrectly 
in the Spring 2005 schedule. The 
correct listing is as follows: 9:30 
to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday and Thurs- 

Health Services 
The Great American Smokeout 
will be held on Nov. 18. Students 

are encouraged to quit smoking 
for 24 hours. Health services will 
be available in the Student 
Union from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with 
supportive information and 
strategies to quit smoking. 


The SAB Will be holding a 
canned food drive until Nov. 27 
in the Student Union Lobby. 
Cans must be turned in to the 
SAB Committee Room 232 by 
4:30 p.m. 

Photography Club 

Meetings are held on Mon- 
days at 7 p.m. in Room 205 in 
the CAPA building. They are 
open to all students. 

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Century Development is trying to 
construct the building to mirror 
other campus buildings such as 
Russell Hall and the Elementary- 
Lab School buildings. 

Spencer said the University will 
have to re-route traffic behind 
Sabine Hall and the entrance to the 
RE. Majors' building to help the 
flow of traffic and provide parking 
space for the new dorm. He said a 
new parking lot will be constructed 
for the Teacher Education Center 
because the current lot will be used 
for the new dorm. 

The dorm will be three buildings 
with three floors. Each floor will 
have a lounge area with larger 
kitchens, televisions, study areas, 
washer and dryers and vending 
machines, Spencer said. He said 


the individual units will be con- 
nected by a central corridor. Units 
will contain either a two-bed, two- 
bath living area or a four-bed, two- 
bath living area. There will be a 
pool and a community center, 
where the management offices and 
computer labs will be located. 

The plan is to provide an alterna- 
tive style of housing for students, 
said Dan Seymour, vice president 
of student affairs. 

"The point is we are trying to 
build something between an apart- 
ment and a dorm," Seymour said. 

The building will include small 
kitchen areas, a main living quarter 
and the perks of an apartment com- 
plex, Seymour said. However, 
instead of paying ever)' month, the 
student will pay once at the begin- 

ning of the semester. Seymour said 
the University will offer nine- 
month leases and 12-month leases 
that will allow students to live in 
the building all year or the school 
year only. He said the University 
plans to designate the new build- 
ing for summer housing. The facili- 
ty will not close during the holi- 
days unlike the other residence 
halls on campus, Seymour said. 

Webb said the University will 
begin moving students out of Rapi- 
des Hall once the new dorm is fin- 
ished and ready to house students. 
Rapides residents will move into 
the new dorm or other residence 
halls, and Rapides will be torn 

"We want to provide the kind of 
housing that is conducive to hous- 

ing prospective students and older 
students," Webb said. 

Approval from LCDA must be 
met before the dorm can be con- 
structed, Seymour said. Work can- 
not begin until the bonds are sold 
to construct the building, he said. 

Spencer said Century Develop- 
ment plans to begin construction in 
December following approval to 
sell the bonds from LCDA in 
upcoming weeks. He also said 
Century Development has hired a 
construction team that has worked 
with the company before and has 
made plans if rain becomes a prob- 

Seymour said there is no real fear 
that the LCDA will disapprove the 
selling of the bonds. 

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Katie Moring, managing director 
of the University Columns, said the 
occupancy of the apartments 
declined from 99 percent capacity 
in the fall of 2003 to 77 percent in 

Conine said the University will 
begin enforcing the policy specifi- 
cally with freshmen because stud- 
ies have shown that on-campus liv- 
ing is beneficial to freshmen. 

"All the research you can find, 
and even our local research shows 
that students who live in residence 
halls are more retainable and are 
more likely to meet their goals," 
Conine said. "Although I do want 
to comply with board policies, the 
bigger issue to me is providing 
affordable on-campus housing to 
students so that they can reach 
their educational goals." 

Conine said that each year NSU 
must compete with other state uni- 
versities for college-bound fresh- 
men, and housing is a large factor 
in this competition. 

"If we can provide new, safe, 
affordable housing, we are much 
more likely to first, get them here 
and second, keep them here," 
Conine said. 

Young agreed that on-campus 
living is beneficial to freshmen. 

"It's a good idea for them to live 
on campus because they have con- 
venient access to everything they 
need," Young said. "Also, it's 


cheaper. They won't have to worry 
about paying for gas or rent. Here, 
it is paid in one lump sum." 

Young said the decline in occu- 
pancy in the residence halls is prob- 
ably due to competition with the 
Frog Pond apartments, which 
opened in August. 

Seymour said the decline is also 
due to the limited on-campus liv- 
ing options, which are not desirable 
for many students, and the poor 
conditions of the residence hall 

Conine said the Frog Pond apart- 
ments have created a "honeymoon 
effect" on students who are attract- 
ed to something new. However, 
she said the University's decaying 
facilities are more to blame for the 
decline in residence-hall occupan- 

"We want the Frog Pond to be 
full," Conine said. "If they are full, 
that means the University is full. 
There's no doubt that we would 
want them to be successful." 

Seymour said although the Uni- 
versity's policy restricts all students 
under the age of 21 who do not 
meet exemption requirements to 
on-campus living, students who 
are already living off-campus 
should not be concerned. 

"The concept is that we are going 
to be sensitive to continuing stu- 
dents who already have experi- 
ences living off-campus, and we're 

"I wouldn't want to be confined to 
campus. It would make me feel like I 
am still in high school." 

Ashley Barrow 

Freshman biology major 

going to be more rigid with fresh- 
men," Seymour said. 

Marilyn Vascocu, leasing manag- 
er for the Frog Pond apartments 
said this will affect business at the 
apartments because many fresh- 
men live there. 

"We knew about the housing 
rules, but we knew there were 
ways that students could get out of 
it," Vascocu said. "If all freshmen 
are going to have to live on cam- 
pus, it will definitely affect us." 

Vascocu did not know the num- 
ber of freshmen who live in the 
Frog Pond apartments. 

Rebbecca Lowe, a freshman psy- 
chology major in the Louisiana 
Scholars' College, is a resident of 
Boozman Hall. The Scholars' Col- 
lege already requires its freshman 
to live in Boozman. 

"I think it is a good idea to be put 
in that environment, and being in 
the dorm forces you to make a wide 
variety of friends," Lowe said. "I 
know that if I wasn't forced to live 

on campus, I probably wouldn't be 
making the effort to meet so many 
different kinds of people." 

Gwendolyn Melancon, a sopho- 
more nursing major, is a resident of 
Sabine Hall. She said that when 
she was a freshman, she had 
friends who lived on and off cam- 
pus, and she noticed differences in 
their behavior. 

"My friends on campus made 
better grades, and my off-campus 
friends were more concerned about 
what they were wearing to the club 
tonight instead of studying for a 
test," Melancon said. 

Ashley Barrow, a freshman biolo- 
gy major and resident of Sabine 
Hall said she understands why it is 
beneficial to freshmen to live on 
campus, but she thinks it is unfair 
for the University to require it. 

"I wouldn't want to be confined 
to campus," Barrow said. "It would 
make me feel like I am still in high 

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NSU Police Blotter 

9*25 a.m. 

An ARAMARK employee called 
about another counterfeit bill. 
10:48 a.m. 

There was a call from a campus 
employee about people selling 
cookies on the Bienvenu side of 
fcyser. The caller said that they 
were acting hostile and getting in 
people's faces trying to sell the 


2:32 a.m. 

The AAC from Rapides called 
because there were problems with 
some of the residents. An RA wit- 
nessed a resident knocking out a 
ceiling tile. 
5:10 p.m. 

A student requested the assis- 
tance of an officer because he had 
just witnessed his ex-girlfriend 
vandalizing his vehicle. 


9:40 p.m. 

A call was received from the Tau 
Kappa Epsilon house in reference 
to criminal damage on a vehicle 
and on the TKE letters. 

1:35 p.m. 

A man called to report that he 
had been to the Columns to visit a 
friend and accidentally left some of 
his belongings in her apartment. 
He said that she told him she 
would bum his stuff if he did not 
come back and get it immediately. 


2:37 a.m. 

A call was received in reference 
to a possible break-in at the Rapi- 
des parking lot. The windshield 
and back glass of a Camry had 
been smashed out. Statements 
were taken from witnesses. 

10- 31-04 
2:22 a.m. 

Two calls were received about 
the Columns sign falling into the 
road. The officer dispatched 
requested assistance in moving it. 

1 H-04 
1:01 p.m. 

Officers were trying to locate 
CDs at the TKE house. The student 
said that the TKE members were 
keeping the CDs from him because 
he quit the fraternity. 

11- 2-04 
12:35 a.m. 

The RHS from Sabine called to 
report a noise outside that sounded 
like a gunshot. Officers found noth- 
2:03 a.m. 

A student was assaulted on cam- 
pus when returning from Brook- 
shire's. He was transported to the 
Natchitoches Parish Hospital in an 

1:53 p.m. 

An employee from Vic's called to 
inform police that they were moni- 
toring a student who was attempt- 
ing to steal discounted food. 

7:20 p.m. 

A call was received reporting 
possible drug use in Third East of 
Rapides. The room under suspicion 

had no occupants and statements 
were taken. 

11:28 a.m. 

A Vic's employee called because 
they were having trouble with a 
student. Two more calls were 
received, and the subject was taken 
into custody. 

2:09 p.m. 

A student came in to report that 
some sort of product had been 
poured all over his car in the Rapi- 
des parking lot and that there was 
possible paint damage. 


1:07 a.m. 

The RHS at Boozman reported 
that a male resident passed out and 
that alcohol was involved. 
11:31 a.m. 

A call was received about some- 
one having chest pains at the band 
competition. The subject was trans- 
ported by ambulance to the Natchi- 
toches Parish Hospital. 

6:43 p.m. 

A woman called to report that a 
Red River bus driver tried to run 
over about 10-12 students. 


8:22 p.m. 

Someone from Rapides called to 
report that a Domino's delivery girl 
was having a seizure by her car. 
She was transported by ambulance 
to the Natchitoches Parish Hospi- 
tal. Officers secured her car. 

SAB to host exotic critters 

By Savanna Mahaffey 

Sauce Reporter 

The Student Activities Board 
invites NSU students to take a 
walk on the wild side with 

The SAB representatives-at- 
large are bringing in exotic ani- 
mals from Animal Rentals in 
Chicago. The animals will be dis- 
played outside of Vic's in Fried- 
man Student Union from 11 a.m. 
to 2 p.m. on Wednesday. 

Featured animals will include 
a costumed monkey, a 10-foot 
python, a four-foot alligator, hiss- 
ing cockroaches, a large exotic par- 

rot and many others. Participants 
will be allowed to interact and 
take pictures, which will be avail- 
able online, with the animals 

June Chauvin, SAB events 
committee representative, said she 
encourages everyone to join the 
festivities by wearing camouflage. 

Other activities for the day 
include temporary tribal art tat- 
toos, refreshments and ARA- 
MARK discount card give-a-ways. 
Refreshments will include pizza, 
popcorn, drinks and animal cook- 
ies to maintain the theme. 

Chauvin said the initial idea 
was to have a circus theme and 
have a man with a boa constrictor 
around his neck. She began con- 

tacting zoos and then realized it 
would be better to bring in more 
exotic animals, thus creating the 
"SABari" theme. The cost of the 
animal rentals was $1,600, Chau- 
vin said. The funding for events, 
such as this one, comes from stu- 
dent fees. 

SAB member Julie 
Lewandowski said the event will 
be entertaining and worthwhile. 

"Students have already paid 
for it with their fees so they might 
as well take advantage of it," 
Lewandowski said. "On top of 
that, you get free food, and we're 
taking pictures." 


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Opinions I 


Where were you 
on 11/2? 

By J. Aaron "Q" 

In the next four years, we will 
see at least one and possibly as 
many as four of the justices on the 
Supreme Court retire. Bush will 
appoint their replacements. The 
Republican congress will approve 
them. They won't be "judicial 
activists," which means they'll 
agree with whatever the president 
says the Constitution means. 

In the next four years, the 
PATRIOT Act will be made perma- 
nent, meaning the government 
can track anyone it wants pretty 
much any way it wants without 
any justification or accountability. 

In the next four years, deficit 
spending will probably continue. 

These debts will have to be repaid. 
We will be the ones paying them. 

In the next four years, Bush will 
keep borrowing from Social Secu- 

My parents will find the coffers 
thin when they retire. I may find 
them empty. 

In the next four years, the gov- 
ernment will continue lying bla- 
tantly to the American people 
about what America is doing, and 
the media will continue to go 
along with it. 

He fooled you twice, America. 
Shame on you. 

Write to 

J. Aaron Brown is a 
Louisiana Scholars' College 
student. His column appears 
weekly on the editorial page. 
His opinions do not necessar- 
ily reflect the opinions of the 
Sauce staff or of the Uni- 

We at the Current 
Sauce salute vet- 
erans on and off 
campus. Happy 
Veterans Day! 

%M MM. 

12 steps to success 

By T. Hargis 

What do you think all those 
Democrats in those blue states 
were thinking last Tuesday night 
when the exit polls came in from 
the east coast predicting a huge 
Kerry win? I bet it was the opposite 
of what they were thinking when 
three fourths of the country was lit 
up in red by 3 a.m. Wednesday. 
Predictably, the liberal Northeast 
went to Kerry and the AFLCIO rich 
northern states were candy in his 
pocket. Calif-lib-eronia was a for- 
gone conclusion along with Ore- 
gon and Washington. It's amazing 
to look at the map and see all those 
red states in the South, the South- 
west, the North and middle Amer- 
ica. Bush won by 3.5 million popu- 
lar votes and made Horida and 
Ohio a victory lap. I have to say 
Kerry has shown me something in 
defeat I thought he never had dur- 
ing the campaign, class and brains. 
Class in that he saw he was beat 
and conceded to Bush with a 
phone call after looking at the 
numbers in Ohio as the provisional 

ballots were being thrown out by 
the truckload. He talked in his 
farewell speech about getting the 
country back together and working 
for a better America. Brains in that 
he didn't commit political suicide 
by pitching that horrible crybaby 
fit Gore did in 2000 using every 
excuse in the book why he didn't 
win. He was emotional and gen- 
uine in his love for his ideals and I 
can really respect that. I wish he 
would have talked that way before 
we all cast our votes he might have 
even convinced me I had a choice 
beside Bush. 

According to CNN, 59,459,765 
voted for the President nationwide 
with a margin of just over 3.5 mil- 
lion over Kerry. Why would Bush 
pick up more people than in 2000? 
I would much rather have Kerry as 
president than Gore but why did so 
many people come to the polls in 
groves? 70 percent of voters for 
Kerry voted so because they were 
anti-Bush. That means only 30 per- 
cent of Kerry casters did so because 
they liked him. You can't get elect- 
ed when 85 percent of people think 
you are a second-class candidate. 
The media wasn't always behind 
Kerry. In fact, the media was split 
in half with 49 percent being pro- 
Kerry and 51 percent being anti- 
Bush so I can see how Americans 

were led to be so divided. 

Thirty percent of people who 
voted listed morals as their driving 
force for voting in this election. 80 
percent voted for President Bush. 
Thafs right, 80 percent of people 
voted against the moral style of 
John Kerr)' and the liberal side of 
the Democratic Party. No doubt 
you will read things this week in 
this very paper about how stupid 
people were for voting for Bush 
and that we are all dumb and fee- 
ble minded. They will call the 
lower and middle class church 
attending family making $25,000 a 
year too incompetent to see the 
light when they were in the voting 
booth. They will say how Bush 
will have the secret police out run- 
ning around keeping the Republi- 
cans in power and invoking their 
will on all of society. 

Just smile. Smile real big and tell 
them they need to attend a Liber- 
al's anonymous meeting here at 
NSU. The first step as always is 
admitting you have a problem. 

For example, the Filler column 
and those liberal scholars, who 
would be anonymous of course, 
would stand up and say something 
similar to this: "Hi everyone. I'm 
(insert your meeting name here), 
and I'm a flaming liberal. I've been 
liberal vote free for about 3 weeks 

now," (polite applause from other 

"You know I used to think that 
an anti-Bush, pro-abortion, pro-gay 
marriage, pro-stem cell research, 
and a pro-partial birth execution 
stance would get us that middle 
American evangelical vote. I just 
didn't get it. You know if we get 
behind these issues that America 
feels are important we might just 
get back in power to pass those 
social issues we all agree with. 
They just won't elect us because 
they feel God is much bigger than 
their pocket books and their lives. 
Strange isn't it. Zell Miller saw the 
light and now so have I," (enthusi- 
astic applause follows). To end the 
meeting there would be a cry ses- 
sion called the Gore experience. 
Participants graduate by either 
forming their own third party or go 
into a petrified alcoholic binge with 
Tom Daschle in the hills of South 
Dakota were he will join Al in the 
land of liberal loonies. Meetings are 
facilitated by reformed Democrats 
who are also current members of 
the College Republicans. 

Thomas Hargis is a senior gen- 
eral studies major. His opinions 
do not necessarily represent the 
Sauce staff or the University. 

Abortion: Is banning it really an option? 

By Justin 

I would like to spend some time 
this week talking about abortion. 
Since the re-election of George W. 
Bush, the news channels have been 
busy speculating about what the 
president's supporters will 
demand in return for their support. 
One of the things that always ends 
up at the top of the list is the ban- 
ning of abortion. 

I once sat through a Catholic 
mass where the priest spoke about 
how it was the duty of Catholics to 
spread this culture of life through- 
out the nation. He said that the 
United States lacked a basic respect 
for life, and that this was the source 
of many of our social ills. He then 
called on the congregation to write 
letters to their senators in support 
of a national ban on abortion. 

It seemed to me that this was a 
knee-jerk reaction. I understand 

the revulsion Christians must feel 
towards abortion. However I do 
not feel that people like the priest 
that day have really thought 
through their actions. Take a 
moment to think through the con- 
sequences of abortion being sud- 
denly banned. Would abortions 
stop? No, of course not. There 
were abortions before it was legal 
and the practice would continue 
even if it was banned. Banning 
abortion would only make the pro- 
cedure more dangerous. Abortions 
would again be free from over- 
sight. There would be no guaran- 
tee that the back alley "doctor" was 
formally trained or was using safe 
equipment. Women could become 
sterile or die from botched abor- 
tions. Banning abortion would also 
result in a flood of confused six- 
teen-year-old girls being thrown 
into jail for murder. Unexpected 
teen pregnancy can be a traumatic 
and embarrassing thing for young 
girls, and I don't think it is fair to 
ruin their lives for taking the easy 
way out, especially when they are 
making that decision under such 
duress. Would hearing horror sto- 

ries such as these every night on 
the news really bring this country 
together and build a culture of life? 

Banning abortion would not 
magically make people respect life 
in this country. It would merely 
drive another wedge into our 
already divided populace. If Chris- 
tians want to succeed they must 
stop trying to criminalize those 
who disagree with them and start 
trying to change their minds 
through civil discourse. The best 
way I can see to do this is to stop 
trying to remove a woman's right 
to choose and start making it easier 
for that woman to choose life. I 
propose that if the Christian com- 
munity truly wants to establish a 
culture of life, they should imitate 
Jesus and lead by example. 

The leading alternative to abor- 
tion is adoption, but in the United 
States today, the process for adopt- 
ing a child is so complicated that 
few do it. Many women do not 
want to birth a child and condemn 
it to a life in an orphanage. If adop- 
tion was easier and more common, 
more women may choose to give 
up the child rather than abort. If 

every Christian family that could 
do so adopted a child, there would 
not be a need for orphanages in this 
country. Instead of picketing clin- 
ics and calling women whores and 
murderers, it would be far more 
productive to civilly explain your 
position and humbly offer to open 
your home to that child and raise it 
as your own. Instead of writing let- 
ters to your senators calling for a 
ban on abortion, write letters urg- 
ing for the simplification of the 
adoption process. Cultures of life 
must be built, not legislated. Any- 
one who proclaims to truly respect 
life should abandon the tactics of 
fear and guilt and express their 
love by raising a stranger's child as 
their own. This path will take a lot 
of patience and self-sacrifice, but I 
believe that it is far more preferable 
to the alternative, which would rip 
our already divided country apart 
by the seams. 

Justin Shatwell is a Louisiana 
Scholars' College student. His 
opinions do not necessarily repre- 
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the Current Sauce 


PDA: a no-no 

Dear Readers, 

(Sigh).... Public displays of 
affection - made for people who 
are so in love they cannot help 
but shamelessly display it to the 
whole world by making out in 
public places. Do not get me 
wrong, reader, I am all for public 
displays of affection. Be it a kiss, 
a hug or a body slam, this is 
America and you should have 
the freedom to do what you 
want, as long as it is not hurting 

But there are limits to my 
amusement over couples that 
cannot keep their hands to them- 
selves. For instance, when a pair 
of naked, writhing bodies locked 
in a passionate embrace is block- 
ing the way to my 9 a.m. class, I 
tend to get a little peeved. OK, 
maybe they were not naked and 
writhing, but I have a strong sus- 
picion that if the door had not 
opened and knocked the girl in 
the head, everyone would have 
had tickets to a free show. I still 
had to basically step over their 
panting bodies so I could be on 
my way. 

So, where am I going with 
this? Have some self-control peo- 
ple! Is the person you are dating, 
or with, or whatever you want to 
call it that irresistible? How do 
you ever get any work done? Or 
are you failing your classes in the 
pursuit of sex and love? 

But enough of my ranting over 
this couple, whom are obviously 
missing a few brain cells, proba- 
bly from being hit in the head too 
many times by a stray door. I 
believe that public displays of 
affection are wonderful. In a 
world where most people would 
rather give you the finger than a 
helping hand, it is nice to see that 
there is some morsel of love in 
this place. A little light petting, a 
quick kiss, hug or handholding 
are all perfectly acceptable ways 
to show your affection and tend 
to fly under my radar. 

However, and I prefer to call 
the above-mentioned example as 
public displays of lust rather 
than public displays of affection, 
it is not alright to have your 
hands down someone else's 
pants in the middle of a crowd. 
Where is this acceptable behav- 
ior? You should be sensitive to 
others around you, not everyone 
wants to witness your randy 

So, if you are a part of one of 
these ever so physical couples, 
try to keep the heavy groping at 
a minimum. You would probably 
hate it if a couple sat right in 
front of you at the movies and 
made out the entire time. Try to 
remember that the couple behind 
you most likely feels the same 
way. If you need some kind of 
meter to control little shows of 
affection, do not display any 
behavior that would not be 
acceptable in front of parents. 
This is a good way not to offend 
people, assuming that your par- 
ents are rather cool, and are 
alright with hugging and quick 
kisses in front of them. 

I know this all sounds quite 
prim and proper, and that college 
is a time of experimentation, but 
there is a time and place for 
everything. It is better that you 
are clued in to this now rather 
than when you have a job and 
your boss catches you perform- 
ing unspeakable acts atop the 
company copy machine. You will 
quicldy leam that your boss will 
not be quite as willing to over- 
look your penchant for PDA as a 
fellow student or professor will. 

* Disclaimer Recognize that I 
am not a professional psycholo- 
gist or psychiatrist, and I base 
my advice solely on my own per- 
sonal experience and research 
that I have done. Have any ques- 
tions about life, love, or sex? Or 
hate her advice? Tell Tallulah 
and send her an e-mail at cur- 

All in the mix 

Latest mixed drinks have 'explosive' effects 

By Raquet Hill 

Life Editor 

Feeling "wired" is how you 
would feel after downing a shot of 
Espresso at PJ's. It is not how you 
would expect to feel after downing 
a few drinks at the bar. 

Or is it? 

Amid all the heavy smoke and 
loud music, many bar-goers find 
themselves enjoying a few drinks. 

Some enjoy the usual: a couple of 
draft beers, Amaretto-Sours and 
shots of Jose Cuervo. But nowa- 
days, drinks are getting more cre- 
ative. Not only do drinkers get a 
buzz from their drinks, they get a 

This might come as a surprise, 
but more and more drinkers are 
finding themselves feeling more 
energetic when they leave the bar 
rather than when than enter it. 
And it is all thanks to the makers of 
Red Bull. 

According to, the 
energy drink contains intense ele- 
ments like taurine and caffeine, 
which supposedly stimulates 
metabolism, increases concentra- 
tion and improves reaction speed 
and performance under stress and. 

Those are the facts about Red 
Bull, but that is where the truth 
ends and where the craziness 

While many consumers like to 
drink it before cramming for an 
exam or a long road-trip, the latest 
rage is explosive — "bomb shots." 

If you are clueless as to what a 
bomb drink is, you are probably 
not hitting up the clubs very often. 
This combination of Jagermeister 
or Vodka with Red Bull can be both 
an amusing and exotic thrill for 
your taste buds. 

Stephanie Loennig, chemistry 
major, has tried the infamous Red 
Bull bombs and said she really likes 

"They're fun to drink, especially 

Photo illustration by Cheryl Thompson/rte Current Sauce 

when you've got a big group of 
people doing it with you," Loennig 

Social work major Jennifer Senn 
said she remembers feeling more 
carefree and less uptight. 

"I feel like I can't hold anything 
back," Senn said. 

Even though bar goers are order- 
ing this popular mixed drink 
steadily, many of the doctors at feel that mixing up a 
stimulant like Red Bull and a 
depressant like alcohol can be 
harmful to the body because when 

they are combined, the drinker gets 
the worst effects of both and no 

Unlike Gatorade, which replen- 
ishes body electrolytes, Red Bull 
does not promote re-hydration. 
Instead, the high amounts of caf- 
feine and sugar increase the body's 
metabolism which then leads to 

Alcohol, which dehydrates the 
brain, mixed with an energy drink 
like Red Bull will do more than 
"give you wings" — it will give you 
a hangover. 

Dr. Gregory Stewart, co-medical 
director of the Tulane Institute of 
Sports Medicine in New Orleans 
and affiliate of, said 
the potent stimulant effect is not a 
good thing at all. 

"Alcohol tends to knock you out, 
and that is good in that it can pre- 
vent alcohol poisoning," Stewart 
said. "But if you are taking some- 
thing that will keep you going, you 
could raise your blood-alcohol to 
toxic levels." 

The bad news does not stop 
there. Mixing the two substances 
can also affect the heart. 

The drink, which increases 
metabolism, also raises blood pres- 
sure, and for those who experience 
a pre-existing medical condition, 
the result of consuming Red Bull 
mixed with alcohol could be fatal. 

"Caffeine is a stimulant, similar 
to that of ephedrine, so the effects 
are basically the same," Steward 

Although the facts about dehy- 
dration and blood pressure pose 
health problems for the consumer, 
the real problem is in the "high." 

The "high" given off by the ener- 
gy of the drink can leave drinkers 
with a false sense of sobriety — 
which can be deadly for both the 
consumer and those around them. 
Those drinkers who experience this 
sense of awareness might be more 
inclined to drive after drinking 
which is both hazardous and ille- 

Despite the health issues that are 
at hand, bar-goers like Loennig and 
Senn said they still plan to enjoy 
the drink but will think twice about 
having more than one. 

Loennig said she likes the drink 
because she has more fun, feels 
more alert and has more control. 

"I like drinking them because it 
gives you an amazing zing," Loen- 
nig said. "Knowing the facts, 
though, makes it easier to turn 
down a second round." 

Student talent really heats things up 

By Chris Reich 

Graphics Editor 

Students not only got a free show 
and some good music Wednesday 
in the Friedman Student Union, 
many walked away with a CD of 
their own music. 

Hot Trax, a mobile digital record- 
ing booth brought to NSU by the 
Student Activity Board's lagniappe 
committee, allowed up to two stu- 
dents at a time to record their own 
single. The students had a choice 
from about 2000 songs. 

Eva Sterling, head of the 
Lagniappe committee, decided to 
bring the studio to NSU because it 
gives students something that they 
can take home. 

Kevin Stafford, freshman biology 
major, said he enjoyed the experi- 
ence too. 

"I never had something like this 
growing up," Stafford said after 
performing a duet to "Dilemma" 
by Nelly. 

Recording a CD was easy for stu- 
dents. After signing up for a place 
in line, the students would choose 
a song to sing. The songs were 
karaoke, with the vocals removed 

and the lyrics appearing on a TV in 
the booth. Before the first note is 
sung, though, an album cover must 
be made. 

The performers stand in front of 
a green screen and pose for a 
photo. The green screen allows the 
background to be removed and 
replaced with the student's choice. 

The recording takes little time. 
The words come on the screen, the 
music comes in through the speak- 
ers, and the gathering crowd gets a 
free show of their fellow students' 
singing talents. 

While flyers were posted for the 
free recordings, most students 
decided to record a CD when they 
walked by or while waiting for a 
class to start. 

Maurice Allen, junior music edu- 
cation major, said he really liked 
the idea. 

"It gives something for students 
to do instead of sitting around 
waiting for class," Allen said. 

Arian Sykes, senior psychology 
major, who recorded her version of 
R Kelly's "I believe I can fly," said 
this was a "good use" of student 

About 500 students attended the 

Leslie Westbrook/ the Curjrent Sauce 
Latavia "Taye" Williams sings R. Kelly's hit single "I Believe I Can Fly." 

event, with about 100 of them mak- 
ing their own CDs. 

"I think it was a total success," 
Sterling said. The Lagniappe com- 
mittee spent $2000 to bring the Hot 
Trax digital recording booth to 

campus. The booth is owned and 
operated by Interactive Attractions, 
an Atlanta based entertainment 
company that also operates inflat- 
able attractions and antique photo 

Sequels and series now available on DVD 

By Derick Jones 

Sauce Reporter 

The month of November brings 
not only cold weather and Thanks- 
giving, but new DVD and VHS 
releases to stores. 

Prisoner of Azkaban, the third 
installment to the Harry Potter 
series, is set to arrive in stores Nov. 
23. If the story of Harry Potter is 
not known by now, it is a tale of a 
young boy who is a wizard, but 
does not find out about his extraor- 
dinary abilities until he is 11 years 
old. It is then that he is invited to 
attend Hogwarts, a witchcraft and 
wizardry school for those just like 

him. There he begins his journey 
and "Azkaban" is the story of his 
third year. He meets, once again, a 
new Defense Against the Dark Arts 
teacher, learns more of his history, 
and also discovers that the murder- 
er Sirius Black has escaped Azka- 
ban Prison to hunt him down. 

The DVD includes features like 
deleted scenes, games, sing-alongs 
and much more. 

Out Nov. 30 is Spider-Man 2. Two 
years have passed for Peter Parker 
(Tobey McGuire) who has now 
become a college student and part- 
time crime fighter. He can barely 
keep up with school, pay his rent or 
make amends with his somewhat 

best friend Harry, who wants Spi- 
der-Man dead. Peter's idol, a 
renowned scientist named Otto 
Octavius, resurfaces after a failed 
experiment. Peter notices that he is 
losing some of his powers and is 
feeling the effects of the stress in his 
personal life. He realizes he must 
decide between being who he once 
was or keeping his secret identity 
to save New York City. 

Television shows are also debut- 
ing new seasons. 

On the list to slide in is Aqua Teen 
Hunger Force: Volume Three. It is that 
time again to hear Meatwad's 
problems, and Master Shake's 
insightful comments. The DVD 

contains episodes like Revenge of live 
Trees, Frat Aliens, The Cloning, and 
many more. 

One freshman, Mitchel Moering, 
said Nov. 16 is too far away. 

"I'm super excited about ATHF," 
Moering said. TU buy it as soon as 

Smallville: Tlie Complete Third Sea- 
son DVD features several moments 
where Clark's (Tom Welling) life is 
once again split between his per- 
sonal and mysterious heroic lives. 
His breakup with Lana, Chloe's 
near death experience and Lex's 
rediscovered friendship are high- 

■ See Sequels, page 6 




C'mon, get 

Do you know what if s like to 
be truly happy? I don't think I've 
got the entire idea mastered or 
anything, but I have a few pretty 
good ideas on how. 

If s sort of a drag to see my 
peers walking around in a daze, 
completely stressed or utterly 

Wake up, people! Ifs time to 
take a hold of your life and find 
some happiness in it. Without 
finding out what is truly beauti- 
ful on the inside, you'll never 
have real beauty. Period. 

Beauty comes from within. As 
the song goes: "I am beautiful, no 
matter what they say. Words 
can't bring me down." 

Once you discover the magnif- 
icence of your inner bliss, you'll 
be able to enjoy life and be happy 
with it. Knowing that you are 
happy on the inside will make 
you happy on the outside, and 
an outward smile is always 

No matter what season, no 
matter whaf s in style, no matter 
the atmosphere. 

With a little help from this 
months issue of "Cosmopolitan" 
I was able to come up with some 
ways to ease away from the gray 
cloud above and push into some 
sunshine. Everyone needs a little 
sunshine in their life — ifs good 
for the soul. 

First things first: 

Don't question yourself. You 
are your biggest critic, so when 
you hear that nit-picking voice 
start to pick on you about how 
your diet isn't working or you 
start feeling cruddy about not 
keeping that guy you were inter- 
ested in around, ignore it. Better 
yet, assume that if s oh-so-totally 


Walk with pride. There's noth- 
ing that I hate to see more than a 
person with horrible posture and 
an ugly walk. Those who walk 
with bigger strides swing their 
arms and walk with their heads 
held high feel happier and more 
confident that those stuck in an 
old-lady stance with their shoul- 
ders hunched over. Walking tall 
gives others the sense that you 
are proud of who you are and 
you want others to know it. So 
be a goddess (or a god) and walk 
like one! 


Manage your time. I know 
that you might feel that the 
world will crumble and you will 
shrivel up artd die if you don't 
get that extra 10 minutes of sleep 
in the morning. Get up! Make 
time for yourself, and your stress 
fact will totally decrease. Once 
you see that you have enough 
time in your day to do every- 
thing you need, your mind will 
stop over analyzing your sched- 
ule and you finally find a spare 
moment to take out for yourself. 
Believe me, if you need happi- 
ness in your life, take a breather. 


Smile! I cannot tell you how 
important it is to smile — even in 
the face of great trial. Knowing 
that you have a smile on your 
face will remind yourself that 
things really aren't that bad. And 
honestly, if s ok to fake one once 
in a while. When you start to feel 
down, don't do the obvious act 
of pouting — think of something 
funny and smile or laugh out 
loud. Smiles are beautiful, not 
matter who you are. 


God made dirt and dirt don't 
hurt — thafs what I always say. 
Everyone I know is obsessed 
with staying clean and intact all 
day. The way I see it is that you 
can't have fun staying clean. 
Sometime you have to get dirty. 
Get out there with your guy or 
girl friends and play a little 
touch-football, paint something 
or get out and play in the rain. 

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Treat yourself to a vacation. I 
don't mean use your life savings 
on a trip to Cancun or anything — 
just take a mini-road trip to a near- 
by city. Catch up on your shop- 
ping in Shreveport or go visit the 
zoo in Alexandria. By treating 
yourself every once in a while, 
you'll let your mind and body take 
a breather, and getting back to 
reality won't seem like such a 


Get into a routine. Begin your 
morning with something that will 
wake you up and brighten your 
day, whether its ordering that 
large vanilla velvet-ice you just 
love or just a simple breakfast of 
eggs sunny-side-up. 

Schedule a weekly girls-night-in 
with popcorn and chick-flicks or 
meet the guys every week for 
Monday-night football. The truth 
is that life is totally random. By 
keeping a few rituals around, your 
life will feel at least a little bit in 
order and keep you in high spirits. 


Pamper yourself. If you don't 
give yourself a little piece of heav- 
en now and then, your psyche is 
sure to crash on you. Schedule one 
night a week where you don't do 
anything but bum incense and lis- 
ten to Jcsh Groban. Give yourself 
a manicure or pedicure or indulge 
yourself with Godiva chocolate 

The point this week is for you to 
make yourself happy. Everyone is 
so wrapped up in pleasing the 
people around them, but by giving 
your life a little euphoric break 
every now and then, you'll start to 
see that happiness agrees with 

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world will know it on the outside. 

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What does it mean to be "nor- 

Roger Held, the department's 
artistic director, said he is directing 
Noel Howard's Hay Fever, a come- 
dy about an unusual family strug- 
gling to fit in with society. The 
show opened with a preview 

Wednesday and will run todav 
through Saturday and Tuesday 
through Nov. 19. The play begins at 
7:30 p.m. in Theatre West. 

Held said he selected the show in 
an effort to bring diversity to the 
departmenf s schedule and to offer 
students a chance to demonstrate 
the skills they have been studying 
in class, since the play will allow 
students an opportunity to work on 

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Members of the Spirit of Northwestern Demon Marching band rehearse their 
performance for the annual Band Jamboree. The event is scheduled for Fri- 
day at 7 p.m. In the A. A. Frederic** Auditorium. 

a period piece. 

"Hay Fever is kind of a 20th cen- 
tury classic," Held said. "Ifs an 
interesting menagerie of personali- 
ties that get thrown together, and 
that's where the humor comes 
from. Ifs too complicated to mean 
just one thing. But at the same time 
it's reasonably funny." 

Held also said he was pleased 
with the way the show looks. 

"Ifs a very pretty show. The cos- 
tumes are nice, and the blocking 
turned out to be pretty nice," Held 
said. "As you watch people move 
through the set, ifs much more like 
a dance than anything else." 

Senior theatre major Sarah Jessi- 
ca Rhodes, who plays Sorel Bliss in 
the show; said she is interested to 
see how students will react to the 

"Ifs British humor, so ifs not 
meant to be physical comedy. They 
skim over everything that Ameri- 
cans would really emphasize and 
ham up," Rhodes said. "I hope the 
students really like it. Ifs really an 
older humor for an older crowd." 

Rhodes said she was able to 
relate to her character with ease, 
but had some difficulty with her 

"She realizes the eccentricity of 
her family, and she decides she 
wants to be normal. Her struggle is 
to try to find normality in a world 
full of dramatic people," Rhodes 
said. "But it was tough because ifs 

a British accent, and I'm from 

Sophomore theatre major Jeff 
Springmann said this is first "major 
show" at NSU. 

"He's kind of a stiff guy," Spring- 
mann said of his character, Richard 
Greatham. "He doesn't really let 
his emotions show. He just absorbs 
everything and watches what's 
going on." 

"I've never played a character 
like this, ever. Usually I'm like the 
comic, crazy guy. So it was definite- 
ly a challenge. It was a good expe- 
rience," Springmann said. 

Hay Fever is Held's third play at 
NSU. Held said he is responsible 
for fundraising, creating an "artis- 
tic vision" for the department and 
delegating responsibilities for its 
faculty members. 

"The artistic director is the per- 
son who is blamed for everything 
that goes wTong and who gives 
credit to everyone else for every- 
thing that goes right," Held said. 

Rhodes said she has enjoyed 
working with Held on the show. 

"He pushes you in a way that 
you don't know you're being 
pushed," Rhodes said. 

Springmann said, "He gives you 
ideas, but if s really you in the end 
that comes up with everything. He 
allows you to grow more, and I've 
really learned a lot." 



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Demons beat Reddies 

Sports Information 

preseason Southland Confer- 
ees basketball favorite NSU hit 
l2of its first 15 shots after halftime 
^hile cooling off hot-shooting 
Division II power Henderson State 
j,d posting a 66-56 college basket- 
,all exhibition victory Sunday 

Byron Allen and Clifton Lee 
, a ch scored 13 points for the 
pemons, who got 11 by Jermaine 
Wallace and 10 from Colby Barge- 

The Reddies, aiming for their 
jeventh straight NCAA Division II 
tournament appearance and ninth 
straight 20-win season, had a 
jame-high 18 points by Dedric 
toooner and 16 from Tyrell High- 

The Demons trailed 26-16 with 
m-o minutes to go in the first half 
tut drew within 28-22 at the break, 
despite being outshot 65 percent to 
32 percent from the field. North- 
western sank just 3 of 10 first-half 
(tee throws. 

NSU scored the first 10 points of 
the second half in the first 4:40 and 
never trailed again. The Demons 
sank 59 percent (16-27) of their 
second-half shots from the floor 
and made 9 of 11 free throws while 
limiting the Reddies to 39 percent 
shooting aim. 

"We worked harder to get much 
better shots in the second half and 
we were able to use our pressure 
defense to increase the tempo of 
the game," said sixth-year Demons 
coach Mike McConathy. "We also 
were more productive on the 
offensive boards and got some sec- 
ond-chance baskets." 

Allen, Lee and Wallace all are 
juniors who are Preseason All-SLC 
selections. Bargeman is a 6-5 fresh- 
man from Lafayette-Northside 
who did his scoring in 12 minutes 
off the bench as one of nine 
reserves used by the Demons. 

NSU, which avenged an 81-70 
exhibition loss to Henderson State 
last season, opens the regular sea- 
son Nov. 19 at Oklahoma State. 

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Volleyball loses to SFA 

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NSU gave first place Stephen F. 
Austin all it could handle, beating 
the Ladyjacks in the first game but 
unable to hold on as SFA rallied 
for a 3-1 win in Southland Confer- 
ence volleyball action here Tues- 
day night by scores of 29-31, 30-23, 
31-29 and 30-23. 

The win was the 15th straight 
for the Ladyjacks as they improve 
to 23-5 overall and 15-3 in the 

NSU, fighting for a spot in the 
postseason tournament, drops to 
12-18 and 8-10 in league play. The 
Lady Demons trail sixth place 
Nicholls State and Texas-San 
Antonio by one game with two 

NSU true freshman Whitney 

King led all attackers with 23 kills 
while hitting .333 for the match. 
SFA was led on offense by Laura 
Cramer's 21 kills. She also had 18 
digs to complete the double-dou- 

The Lady Demons jumped out 
to a 1-0 lead with a 31-29 win in 
game one but SFA scored a 30-23 
win in the second game to tie the 
match at 1-1. 

In the third game, NSU jumped 
out to an early lead and built a 26- 
21 advantage before the Ladyjacks 
rolled off seven straight points to 
take a 28-26 lead. 

NSU forced the game into an 
extra serve but fell 31-29 to drop 
behind 2-1 in the match. 

Flavia Belo flirted with a triple- 
double for the Lady Demons by 
getting 30 assists, 13 digs and 
seven kills for the match. Shannon 
Puder added 15 kills and Janel 

Fisher 12. Ashley Hadley led the 
team with 18 digs. 

The Lady Demons will return to 
action on Friday when they host 
Texas State at 7 in Prather Colise- 

NSU 3, Lamar 2 

NSU stayed in contention for 
the final spot in the Southland 
Conference Tournament, beating 
Lamar in five sets bv scores of 20- 
30, 33-31, 19-30, 30-25 and 15-8 
while snapping a five-match los- 
ing streak in volleyball action here 
Saturday night. 

The win improves the Lady 
Demons to 12-17 overall and 8-9 in 
league play, just one game behind 
Texas-San Antonio and Nicholls 
State and tied with Sam Houston 
State for the final tournament 

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the Current Sauce 



The Way 
I See It 


Disappointing. That is 
what I was thinking as I 
sat in the student section 
Saturday during the NSU 
and Texas State football 

I looked left - empty 
seats. I looked right - 
empty seats. I even looked 
across the field and 
behind me and I saw 
empty seats. Pathetic. 

Even Demon head coach 
Scott Stoker said the low 
fan attendance was a pet 
peeve, and he hopes more 
people would attend the 
game this Saturday. 

We field one of the best 
teams in Division I-AA 
and have the leading 
defense in all of I-AA, yet 
the Demons cannot get 
fans to come out and sup- 
port them on a Saturday 

Yes, I know we have 
struggled on the road and 
had lost the last two 
games, but NSU is domi- 
nating at Turpin Stadium. 

The Demons are 5-0 at 
home including wins 
against Appalachian State 
and McNeese State. The 
Demons have scored 40 or 
more points at home while 
allowing only one oppo- 
nent, the Mountaineers, to 
score more than 30 points. 

That is domination. 
Nobody is better at home 
than NSU. Well, the other 
NSU, the Colonels, are 
doing well at home also, 
beating the Demons and 
Stephen F. Austin. 

For the five home 
games, the attendance has 
been steady until this 
weekend. The first home 
game there were 13,110 
fans in attendance, and 
there were 10,282 fans for 
the second home game 
against ASU. 

The third home game 
attendance dropped 
against Oklahoma Pan- 
handle State with 7,324 
people in attendance, 
while the most fans turned 
out for homecoming 
against McNeese St. with 
14, 591 fans at Turpin Sta- 

The lowest fan atten- 
dance was this past week- 
end against Texas State 
with a meager 5, 720 fans 
showing up. More people 
attended the OPSU game 
than a serious must-win 
conference game for the 

NSU needed to win this 
game, and they faced an 
unbeaten conference foe, 
but nobody was there to 
support them. Why? 
Because students go home 
every weekend for some 
odd reason or another. 

Students should want to 
tailgate and have fun, but 
no they rather go home to 
mommy and daddy. I bet 
if this were LSU the stu- 
dents would head out to 
tailgate and go to the 

Also, Order of Omega 
did not help with their 
posters saying a pep rally 
would be held for Nov. 12 
to pump the Demons up 
against Sam Houston 

Way to go Order of 
Omega, you missed an 
important game before the 
Bearkats game. I saw that 
pep rally poster two 
weeks ago. 

Demon fans come out 
this weekend, as NSU 
needs your support 
against the No. 3 SHSU. 
Remember, you never 
know what will happen. 

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(Top) Redshirt freshman Connor Morel takes a snap during the 
Nicholls loss. (Left) Junior quarterback Davon Vinson tries to outrun 
a Ragin Cajun defender in the opening game of the season. Both 
athletes excel in the two-quarterback system. 

NSU's play-calling duo 

By Justin Hebert 

Sauce Reporter 

There has been a trend 
catching on quickly in col- 
lege football over the past 
few years. 

The trend has hit home 
even with the NSU Demon 
football team this year run- 
ning our very own two- 
quarterback system. 

The Demons have been led 
in the 2004 season by the 
quarterback tandem of jun- 
ior Davon Vinson and red 
shirt freshman Connor 

So far the pair of quarter- 
backs has had similar stats, 
with Vinson completing 58 
of 109 passes for 801 yards 
and seven touchdowns. 

Morel has thrown for 684 
yards on 57 of 104 passes 

and come up with four 

The two quarterbacks, 
who say they are good 
friends, credit their relation- 
ship for some of the 
Demon's success so far this 

"We're good friends," 
Morel said. "We root for each 
other. If one of us makes a 
good play the other one is on 
the sidelines clapping it up 
for him, saying good job." 

"We've got a great rela- 
tionship, on and off of the 
field, good relationship," 
Vinson said. 

Vinson, who is bigger than 
Morel, brings more of a run 
threat to opposing defenses, 
which is a cause for a lot of 
excitement at times, while 
Morel is more of a pocket 

"I believe I've got the 
option to run or pass," said 

While one of Davon's 
biggest assets comes from 
his athletic ability, some of 
Connor's best abilities come 
from more of a mental aspect 
of the game. 

"I just keep everyone set- 
tled," Morel said. "I don't let 
them get too hyped about 
one play or too down about 
another. You have to work 
just as hard on the next 

The pair agreed though, 
that is always good to have a 
backup plan in case if one 
them is not playing up to 
their ability. 

' "We have a good chance of 
at least one of us playing 
well," Morel said. "You have 
more than one option to see 

who is playing better, and 
whoever is, keep him in. I'm 
down for whatever helps the 
team win." 

The tough competition 
over the quarterback posi- 
tion has helped the two men 
excel and caused them to get 
a little flustered. 

"It'll push you to play bet- 
ter," Vinson said. "But some- 
times you try to play too 
hard and make mistakes." 

Even though Vinson and 
Morel both have plenty of 
respect for their counter- 
part's abilities, they both 
would like to have the ball at 
the end of the game to 
orchestrate the winning 

"I want the ball in my 
hands," Vinson said 

"I'll take it," Morel said. 
"I'd love to take it." 

Cheryl Thompson / the Ci rrevt S\ice 

Quarterback Davon Vinson gets 
tackled by a Texas State Bob- 
cat defender in Saturday's win. 

Demons face explosive offense 

By Patrick West 

Sports Editor 

An aerial show with a 
shootout and an explosion is 
almost promised in this Sat- 
urday's contest between No. 
19 NSU Demons and the No. 
3 Sam Houston State Bear- 

"They have an explosive 
offense," Demon head coach 
Scott Stoker said. "I have 
seen a lot of good offense but 
not like Sam Houston's. 
They have three weapons 
and that is not counting the 
tight end." 

The Demons are coming 
off a huge win against con- 
ference foe Texas State 44-7 
and improving their chances 
for a conference champi- 

NSU needs to win its last 
two games of the season to 
win the championship. The 
Demons' opponents, the 
Bearkats, are coming off a 
shoot out against McNeese 
State, which SHSU won 52- 

The Bearkats roll into 
Turpin undefeated in confer- 
ence play while the Demons 
are 2-1 in conference play. 

The contest between SHSU 
and NSU will be explosive as 
the second ranked offense in 
Division I-AA takes on the 
No. 1 Purple Swarm defense. 

The Bearkat offense is led 
by senior quarterback Texas 
A&M transfer Dustin Long 
who was named national 
Offensive Player of the Week 
after breaking an SLC record 
with 598 yards of total 
offense with six touchdowns 
against MSU. 

Long finished the MSU 
game with 577 passing yards 

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Demon junior running back Derrick Johnese runs through some 
Texas State defenders Saturday. Johnese finished the game with 
152 yards rushing on 12 carries with one touchdown as NSU beat 
Texas State 44-7 at Turpin Stadium. 

on 34 of 52 passes and led 
SHSU to 655 yards of total 

Long also leads the nation 
with 30 touchdown passes. 

"I don't want to get in a 
shootout with them, that will 
not benefit us," Stoker said. 

For the Demons to win, 
the Purple Swarm will have 
to pressure and hit Long for 
four quarters. 

That will be a tough task 
for the Purple Swarm as 
Long has been sacked only 
nine times this season. 

"It is a great challenge for 
us defensively and a great 
challenge for our second- 
ary," Stoker said. "We need 
to bring pressure, and when 
the ball is in the air, we need 

to compete for the football. 
We can't let Dustin stand 
back there and give him time 
to throw the football." 

The Purple Swarm leads 
Division I-AA in total 
defense allowing a meek 233 
yards per game and first in 
rushing defense giving up 73 


On the opposite side, the 
SHSU defense has given up 
378 ypg and 142 rushing 


"Their defense is tired and 
has been on the field too 
long this season," Stoker 
said. "It will be interesting to 
see what they do on defense. 
Nobody has stopped us all 
year on offense, we have 
been shooting ourselves in 

the foot." 

Both offenses can move 
the chains as NSU is averag- 
ing 415 total yards of offense 
while SHSU is averaging 502 
yards of total offense. 

The Demons are better as a 
running team, chalking up 
250 running yards with 
SHSU managing only 131 
yards. SHSU, though, has 
the better passing team aver- 
aging 370 ypg while NSU is 
averaging 165 ypg. 

NSU and SHSU are the top 
teams in the conference as 
each leads the SLC in nine 
statistical categories among 
28 compiled by the league. 

The Demons and Bearkats 
are 1-2 in scoring defense, 
rushing defense and total 
offense. Each NSU and 
SHSU, rank in the top two of 
22 of the 28 SLC stats. 

The battle for conference 
supremacy takes place at 4 
p.m. Saturday at Turpin Sta- 

The Bearkats can clinch a 
share of the SLC title with a 
win, while NSU can keep its 
championship hopes alive 
with a win. 

"The kids need to be 
focused for 60 minutes on 
both sides of the football for 
us to win this game," Stoker 

NSU 44, TSU 7 

Sports Information 

NSU scored the first six 
times it touched the ball Sat- 
urday and got 152 yards rush- 
ing and a touchdown from 
Derrick Johnese along with 
206 yards passing by Davon 

Vinson, including two TD 
passes to Derrick Doyle, in a 
44-7 rout that knocked visit- 
ing Texas State out of a share 
of first in the Southland Con- 
ference football race. 

The Demons (6-3 overall, 2- 
1 in the SLC), ranked 22nd 
nationally in Division I-AA, 
led 38-7 at halftime. 

NSU outgained Texas State 
566-169 and cruised to its first 
win in three games while 
going to 5-0 at Turpin Stadi- 
um this season with a 51- 
point homefield scoring aver- 

The Bobcats (4-5, 2-1) 
picked up nearly half of their 
total yards in their lone scor- 
ing drive, a 6-play, 80-yard 
march capped by a 15-yard 
Chase Wasson pass to John 
Tyson 31 seconds into the sec- 
ond quarter. 

Otherwise, the Demons 
were dominant, something 
that did not come as a com- 
plete surprise to NSU coach 
Scott Stoker, despite entering 
the game after two consecu- 
tive losses on the road while 
making nine turnovers and 
creating only one in that span. 
NSU forced three turnovers 
and suffered only one Satur- 

"We had, by far, our best 
practice week of the season. I 
could tell these players 
understood what was at 
stake, having a shot to win 
the conference championship, 
by the way they approached 
this game," said Stoker. "We 
can be a pretty good team 
when we play like we did 
today. Texas State was in the 
wrong place at the wrong 
time and to be fair, they didn't 
have their best day." 



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Basketball • 

Lady Demons 
set to face 
Lady Reddies 

Defending South! 
Conference women's bas 
ketball champion NSU, led 
by senior All-SLC standouts 
Amanda Bennett and Dia. 
mond Cosby, plays host to 
Division II power Hender- 
son State Thursday at 6:30 
p.m. in an exhibition game 
at Prather Coliseum. 

Admission is free as tru Firsl 
Lady Demons, 24-7 last sea 
son, make their unofficia 
debut under new head 
coach Jennifer Graf. 

NSU will tip off the regi* 
lar season at home next Fri- 
day night, Nov. 19, with a 
matchup against anothei 
NCAA Tournament teas AU^H 
from last season, Southern iflbill 
coached by former Ladj 
Demon Sandy Pugh. . 

Henderson State return R j n ^ 
all five starters from a tean 
that reached the NCAd Jy ' 
Division II Final Four las 
season. The Lady Reddia 
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tourney exit 

A controversial garni 
tying goal by Texas State lePP^'^l! 
to the ejection of NSU heai Registrai 
coach Jimmy Mitchell and ay, 
to the game-winning goa 
with 49 seconds remainin G^nt'' 
as the Bobcats came fronF 1 30 or 
behind to defeat thf™ 2051 
Demons 3-2 in the semifijojrrenth 
nals of the Southland Con Hi less t 
ference Soccer Tournameil partmei 
here Friday afternoon. udents v 

NSU (11-11) led 2-1 wit . . 
less than nine minutes I incorr 
play in the game wha "* ° nen 
Texas State's Angela Criss] r ™ se 5 
bed the game with ai for more 
apparent hand ball goa inission 
from inside the box will ww.nsula 
8:24 to play in the contest. 

This drew Mitchell off th 
bench to argue the call thd 
eventually led to his ejeo IlOrU 
tion. Mitchell has filed i ^ Nsu 
protest of the goal. moat tot 

With the scored tied 2-1 an( j 
Texas State's Jaynee Shef 
man scored the game win c onc 
ner with just 49 seconds lei Pertoire 
on the clock as the Bobcat " songs 
(12-9) advance to Sunday' " ces - 
championship game. The Men' 

After a scoreless first hal jrien's ( 
Julie Zavala gave th 
Demons a 1-0 lead on al 
.unassisted goal in the 47tii 
minute. Texas State tied thWlIQilj? 
game at 1-1 one minute latt Titers 
on a netter by Danielle Ho| ^ jqc 

1 Zavala gave NSU a 2- J^ft [ 
lead with her second goald L .' e ' 
the game in the 67i Qeatn 
minute. Texas State outsrwThe firs 
the Demons 21-13 for thfcirder cr 
game, including a 12- fet will t 
advantage in shots on goal Wse, du 
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Demons sign ScottPe 

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who helped the Tigers p& ^k- 
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basketball program. 6,131 ty pr 

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pound forward, sign« ^ es att 
with the Demons Wedne 5 
day morning on the ftf 
day of the national earl 
signing period for bask^ 1 
ball and spring sports. 

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points and 12 rebounds 
game last year for co» 
Duke Allgood 
Marksville, earning hono* 
able mention Class 3A Al 
State recognition as th 
Tigers went 26-7. 




Rowing marathon 

Twenty-five records set this year. 

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Life, page 5 


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tied 2-2 [free and open to the public. 
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me win ^ concert will include traditional pieces from the classical 
onds le Pertoire plus arrangements of show tunes, traditional west- 
Bobcat n songs and new arrangements of hymns and religious 
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d eoal< iVl ^ e ' Laci Peterson, and second-degree murder in 

° e death of their unborn son. 
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for di Irder charge, means Peterson could be executed, 
a 12' tet will be determined by the jury following a penalty 
on goal &se, during which attorneys for both sides will argue 
"ether the Modesto man should be put to death or 
'end the rest of his life in prison. 


Scott Peterson looked straight ahead as the verdict 

5 read. As the jurors were being polled, each one 

" r ming the verdict, Peterson looked at them, but 

,n e appeared to acknowledge the 32-year-old former 

„ , tilizer salesman. 
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Porter* ^dge Alfred Delucchi dismissed the jurors for one 
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*°fii< ? Deen sequestered since deliberations began Nov. 3. 
^^is part of the trial is over," Delucchi told the jurors. 

furors will be asked to return on Nov. 22 to begin a 


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^alty phase Delucchi expects to last less than one 
12, it ^k. The jurors, lawyers, family members and wit- 
sign* !sses all continue to be subject to a gag order. 

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from the Current Sauce 

New camera system in works 

Funds allotted from 
S.T.A.T. budget for 24- 
hour surveillance 

By Elizabeth Bolt 

Sauce Reporter 

The Student Technology 
Advisor}' Team has approved 
a $95,000 budget to put up a 

new system of surveillance 
cameras around NSU's cam- 
pus, but it must be approved 
by the University in order to 
be put into effect. 

SGA President and S.T.A.T. 
chair Mindy McConnell said 
the money is coming from the 
student technology fees paid 
by students each semester. 
The budget this year was 
about $1.4 million. 

She said the idea for securi- 

ty cameras had always been 
present, but SGA members 
were told the cameras could 
not be put up because it 
would make the University 
liable for everything recorded 
by the cameras. 

The six SGA members of 
S.T.A.T. meet once a month 
with the sole purpose of 
spending student technology 
fees, and they began ques- 
tioning administrators about 

the cameras. 

Anthony Scheffler, vice 
president of academic affairs, 
said the cameras were a great 
idea as long as a group was 
put together to lay out all nec- 
essary plans and research 
before anything is purchased. 

He said scalability and 
inner operability are impor- 
tant for the system because 
they help save money and are 
more efficient. 

"If it's going to work and 
benefit the University, then by 
all means do it," Scheffler 

The Campus Safety Com- 
mittee has been meeting once 
a week to work on the pro- 
posal. The committee is head- 
ed by chairman Matt Bur- 
roughs and eight other stu- 

Burroughs said they are 
■ See Cameras, page 3 

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Monkey business 

Mr. Adam Monk, a 32-year-old Cinnamon Ringtail Monkey, delighted students Wednesday during 
the Student Activities Board sponsored "SABari" in Friedman Student Union. The monkey, along 
with other exotic animals, were brought to Natchitoches by Animal Rentals in Chicago. 

For the full story and many more photos, see Life, page 5 

Boozman dorm 
passes inspection 

By Savanna Mahaffey 

Sauce Reporter 

Despite recent rumors 
about the foundation shifting 
at Boozman Hall, Vice Presi- 
dent of University Affairs 
John Dilworth said the foun- 
dation passed inspection. 

Boozman Hall is the desig- 
nated residence hall for 
Scholars' College students. 
The three-story building has 
an occupancy of 180, and it is 
a co-ed dormitory. 

"Issues at Boozman were 
brought to my attention, and 
we just happened to have an 
engineer on campus working 
on a separate job," Dilworth 
said. "He checked out the 
foundation of Boozman and 
said that it is in fine shape." 

The rumors of the cracking 
foundation were started in 
part by the draping of yellow 
caution tape on the east side 
of Boozman Hall's first floor 

Dilworth and the director 
of the physical plant, Chris 
Sampite, said the yellow cau- 
tion tape is in place because 
glass windowpanes in the 
first floor lobby are leaning. 

The east side of the build- 
ing has been braced to keep 
everything in place and pre- 
vent further damages until 
permanent repairs can be 


"The instructional engi- 
neer came in, and some 
doors and windows need to 
be adjusted because they are 
leaning" Sampite said. "A 
contractor is coming in to fix 
that in the near future." 

Sampite said they could 
not find any structural dam- 

"There are no cracks in the 
bricks, and that's usually the 
first tiling you would see," he 

Boozman Hall also under- 
went asbestos inspection 
during the summer. 

"Some floor tiles were 
removed, and we were just 
checking it out and cleaning 
it up as a University mainte- 
nance improvement," 
Sampite said. 

Another rumor was circu- 
lating that Boozman Hall will 
be closed and turned into a 
parking lot when the new 
residence hall near the 
Teacher Education Center is 

Sampite said that nothing 
has been decided, and there 
are no plans to do this. 

"We have a University 
master plan that involves 
bringing all the buildings up 
to code and giving students 
what they want in their col- 

« See Boozman, page 3 

Photography contest showcases student talent and skill 

By EmmaLee Jordan 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU student photogra- 
phers were in the spotlight 
this week. 

The NSU Photography 
Club sponsored its first pho- 
tography contest, and the 
awards ceremony was held 
Tuesday night at 7 p.m. 
Entrants were allowed to sub- 
mit one or multiple photo- 
graphs to the contest in any 
size necessary. Photographs 
were required to be matted 
and ready to hang. The group 
of prints was turned into a 
showcase at Scrapbook Heav- 
en and Coffee Creations on 
Front Street. 

Photos were judged on 
artistic and technical merit 
and composition by a panel of 
local artists and photogra- 
phers, who made collective 
decisions on first, second and 
third place winners. 

Cass Whaley a junior 

Scholars' College student, 
won the contest for her photo- 
graph, "Untitled." It was an 
8x10 black and white photo of 
a man sitting on a single twin- 
size mattress in a small, 
almost barren room picking 
at an electric guitar. In the 
back corner of the room, a 
small table holds an empty 
bottle of alcohol and drug 

Candice Pauley, a senior 
journalism major, who helped 
plan the contest, received sec- 
ond place for her photograph 
titled "Bourbon Street at 4 
a.m." It was a blurred 8x10 
color print of the lights on 
Bourbon Street in New 

Shay Kuhn, a senior in the 
art department, was the third 
place winner for her photo- 
graph, "Time for Dad to 
Come Home." It was a black 
and white 8x10 image of two 
toddlers staring out a large 

Whaley won $75 for first 
place, Pauley received $50 for 
second and Kuhn won $25 for 
third. Prizes were donated to 
the Photography Club by the 
Natchitoches Art Guild. 

Three honorable mention 
awards were given out at the 
ceremony. Whaley received 
one for a color 8x10 print of a 
brunette in a green sweater 
with her right hand raised to 
her lip, sitting at a table over a 
coffee cup and saucer. The 
image was called "The Last 
Time I Saw Her." 

Blake Bennett, a junior 
Scholars' College student, 
received the same award for 
his 8x10 color print titled 
"CDs." It captured the light 
reflecting different colors off 
the back of several CDs on a 
dark background. 

Pauley also received an 
honorable mention for her 
11x14 black and white print 
called "Love International." It 
is an image of a man holding 

Leslie Westbrook///;, CcuoorrSAU i 
Mark Bills critiques Candice Pauley's photo "International Love" at 
the photography contest held Tuesday night. Bills, a judge in the 
contest, offers Pauley, a senior journalism major, photography tips. 

a woman, and they are not 
looking at the camera. 

Eleven photographers sub- 
mitted 23 prints. Pauley said 
she was happy about the 
turnout of entrants and 


"If s not a very big show, 
but we didn't expect our first 
show to be, so I was really 
pleased," Pauley said. 

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High caliber' of high school students 
attracted to NSU by Fall Senior Day 

By Shelly Roberts 

Sauce Reporter 

Hundreds of high school sen- 
ors from Louisiana and Texas 
came to NSU Saturday for Fall 
Senior Day. 

Senior Day gives high school 
seniors a chance to visit the cam- 
pus, meet faculty members and 
watch a home football game. 

"We had a great group of high 
school seniors who seemed gen- 
uinely interested in our universi- 
ty," said university recruiter Ellen 

The high school seniors were 
offered a chance to ask questions 
to NSU students who were on a 
student panel. Some of the ques- 
tions included: "What time do we 
have to be in the dorms at night?", 
"Where are all the good parties?", 
and "How was the transition 
from high school to college?" 

Things went smoothly at Senior 
Day despite the fact that the num- 
ber of students in attendance was 
slightly lower than previous 

Linda Walker, office manager of 
university recruiting, said the 
decrease in numbers was not a 
bad thing. 

"We're absolutely not disap- 
pointed in the numbers even 
though they were lower than last 
year," she said. "This year we had 
high-caliber students attend." 

The recruiting staff also 
received many applications for 
admittance, scholarships and stu- 
dent housing. 

"We are very excited about the 
new housing complex that is 
going to be built next year," said 
Sandy David, secretary of univer- 
sity recruiting. "We received 17 
housing cards this year compared 
to the three we received last year." 

New faculty evaluation system planned 

By Kyle A. Carter 

News Editor 

The faculty senate has been 
asked by the University to begin 
forming a new faculty evaluation 
process. After attending a confer- 
ence about faculty evaluations, 
Provost Anthony Scheffler and 
head of the faculty senate, Ben 
Rushing, agreed to form an evalua- 
tion program that measures the fac- 
ulty's performance in specific fields 
of study. 

Scheffler said the present evalua- 
tion process does not provide 
accommodations to measure facul- 
ty performance in separate disci- 
plines. He said teaching, research 
and university involvement have 
to be measured when evaluating 
faculty. Each of these rise and fall 
in value depending on the field of 
study. The faculty is not limited to 
the work they do in these areas for 

evaluation, though, he said. 

"Traditionally, most good pro- 
grams evaluate those three, but it 
does not mean that is all there is to 
it," Scheffler said. 

Scheffler also said the University 
wants faculty members to be 
involved in the whole process of 
defining and setting up the criteria 
for the new program. 

Scheffler said this will help 
inform faculty about what they 
should do to better their depart- 
ments. Faculty members also know 
what is important for their fields of 
study, he said. 

"The faculty is the heart of the 
University and the better they are, 
the better the University is," Schef- 
fler said. 

Rushing, also an associate profes- 
sor of mathematics, said the last 
evaluation system had little or no 
input from faculty. This one, on the 
other hand, places faculty as the 

driving force behind how faculty 
members are evaluated, he said. 

Rushing said Scheffler told him 
that a more comprehensive evalua- 
tion system is needed so that facul- 
ty can be evaluated on a specific 
field of study. He said comparing 
across disciplines is difficult to 
measure and evaluate in the same 

He also said that in some fields of 
study, writing papers is not as 
important as it is in others. Howev- 
er, in some fields, being able to 
write grants is more important. 

"What we talked about is how to 
make a system that is broad and 
that recognizes differences in disci- 
plines," Rushing said. 

The new evaluation process is 
only in the planning process. 
Rushing said to start the process, a 
recap of the conference was given 
to the department heads so they 
can decide what criteria is impor- 

tant for their disciplines. Next, ^ 
faculty senate will search for men 
bers of the faculty at large who ^ 
interested in developing e\ ali l4 
tions. Rushing said these faculh 
members will be the driving forq 
behind the development of the ne> 
evaluation system. 

After that, they will go to sto 
dents, other faculty, administrate^ 
and outside sources for ideas q 
what faculty should be doing an , 
teaching. Finally, they will mai, 
the evaluation questionnaire basq 
on the information gained throug| 
this research. 

Scheffler said he would like (, 
see a clearly defined process by 
end of the spring with a testabfc 
evaluation system for fall 2005 
Rushing, on the other hand, saj 
that a year and a half will be need 
ed to plan the program with 
testable evaluation system readi 
for 2006. 

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The theatre department at NSU 
is the recipient of two grants this 
semester to help provide stage 
lighting and new programs for stu- 
dents in the department. 

Theatre department head Roger 
Held said the two local grants are 
the Board of Regents Enhancement 
Grant and the Louisiana Division 
of the Arts (LADA) grant. 

"We are glad to have these two 
grants to enhance our program for 
students," Held said. 

Held said the $116,000 Board of 


Regents Enhancement Grant 
would be used for the replacement 
of the lighting systems in A.A. 
Fredericks auditorium and Theatre 
West. In order for the department 
to receive the grant, the University 
is required to match it by at least 
half the amount given by the 

Held said the lighting system is 
usually replaced every 25 years. 
He also said that the Board of 
Regents evaluates the department 
every three years and will be eligi- 
ble again for the grant in 2007. 

"We try to stay close to the state- 
of-the-art lighting," Held said. 

"With this type of lighting, we are 
able to show our students what it is 
like in the real world." 

Held said in order to receive the 
grant, an application has to be filled 
out, and a proposal must be writ- 
ten. The paperwork is reviewed by 
the peer reviewers, who are indi- 
viduals from other states who 
review the applications and grade 
on a scale. 

Held said the department was 
rated in the top five on the scale, 
which is a requirement to receive 
the grants. 

Held said the requirements for 
the LADA grant includes a panel 

that evaluates the application an 
selects who will receive it. 

The LADA grant has been use 
to bring artists to NSU such 
Mary Sue Price, who did a vvorl 
shop in September and Mild 
Yionulis, who held a workshop j 

The LADA grant is for $4,461 
and the department is required tj 
match the grant with $2,500, whiff 
will equal approximately $7,500 

Held said he is very appreciate 
of the grants and is looking for 
ward to improving the departmen 
for the students. 



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The photo contest was open to all 
interested NSU students and was 
sponsored by the NSU Photogra- 
phy Club. 

There was a $3 entry fee for each 
photo submitted, and the prints are 
for sale now at Scrapbook Heaven 
and Coffee Creations. The show 
will run until Sunday. 

Pauley said she would like the 
contest to become an annual event, 
and the club will try to make it hap- 
pen each fall semester. 

Amanda Sullivan owns Scrap- 
book Heaven and Coffee Creations, 
along with Susan Bamburg. They 
allowed the Photography Club to 
use their shop for the show and the 
awards ceremony free of charge. 

Sullivan said that if the contest 
becomes an annual event, they 
would like to continue sponsoring 
the club. 

"It's a good way to give back," 
Sullivan said. "It's a good place for 
you all to come. We've been very 

busy today and yesterday, and 
everyone who has come in has def- 
initely been attracted to that wall." 

Sullivan said that if the contest 
grows, she would like to add more 
tables and chairs to the coffee area 
of the store. 

"But for now, it's the perfect 
size," she said. 

She added that archiving photo- 
graphs is important, and scrap- 
booking is a great way for everyone 
to keep memories together in a fun 

and organized way. 

The NSU Photography Clul 
meets Mondays at 7 p.m. in Root 
205 of the Creative and Performij| 
Arts building. 

The club is open to all students 
and Pauley urges anyone who 
interested to join. 

"We wanted a group to gf 
together and talk about our photo 
graphs," Pauley said. "It's fo 
anyone who's interested in lean 
ing more." 


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currently writing the 
policies and procedures. 

No official plans have 
been laid out because the 
proposal must be 
approved by the student 
senate and the adminis- 
tration the week after 
Thanksgiving. They 
must have all signatures 
needed from the admin- 
istration by Dec. 3. 

Scheffler, approving 
agent for the proposal, 
looks over it and makes 
his recommendation to 
University President 
Randall Webb. 

Burroughs said there 
will be two phases for 
setting up the cameras, 
with a third one pending. 

During phase one, no 
cameras will be added. 
Instead, the 32 cameras 
already on campus will 
be connected under one 

Suggestions from out- 
side security companies 
on how to better inte- 
grate the systems have 

"If it's going to work and benefit the 
University, then by all means do it." 

Anthony Scheffler 

Vice president of academic affairs 

been taken into consider- 

Burroughs said five to 
10 new cameras will be 
added during phase two 
to areas with the most 
traffic, such as the CAPA 
building, Kyser Hall, and 
certain dormitories. 

Jennifer Long, coordi- 
nator for student tech- 
nology, said money has 
been set aside in the 
budget for the cameras. 
She said once the policies 
and procedures have 
been written, there will 
be a follow-through with 

Long said various 
departments on campus 
such as telecommunica- 

tions, the physical plant, 
the campus police and 
housing will all be 
involved in deciding on 
the best system for the 

The three camera sys- 
tems already on campus 
will be looked at in order 
to decide the best way to 
put them together. 

They will then talk to 
different vendors about 
equipment and look for 
the company that can 
combine all of those sys- 
tems into one for the best 

"I think it's a great idea 
the students have," Long 
said. "I think it's needed, 
and it will be utilized." 

McConnell said the 
cameras will ensure that 
NSU property is not 
damaged but will not 
make the University 
liable for personal loss or 

The cameras must be 
monitored by a trained 
official. Scheffler said the 
University budget does 
not allow for any more 
personnel to be hired 
right now. 

"We'd love to hire 
someone for the job, but 
we just can't," he said. 

The cameras will not 
be continually moni- 
tored, but tney will 
always be running and 

NSU Police Blotter 

9:03 p.m. 

A student called to report a 
suspicious person walking into 
Turpin Stadium. Officers found 
no one. 

4:19 p.m. 

A vehicle was burglarized in 
the Rapides parking lot. 
6:21 p.m. 

There was a wreck in one of 
the faculty-staff parking lots. 
6:34 p.m. 

A man called to report some 
stolen books. 
7:36 p.m. 

A Columns resident called to 
report a group of men shooting 
paint balls and golf balls at 
horses in the field. 

1:38 p.m. 

A resident of Rapides called 
and requested that an officer 
escort him to his car because a 
resident he was having trouble 
with was standing at the front 

3:52 p.m. 

There was a wreck in front of 
the biology building. 
9:57 p.m. 

A call was received about a 
resident of Sabine who was 
being harassed by her neigh- 

10:25 p.m. 

An officer gave a warning to 
five men who were goofing off 
and riding on top of vehicles. 

10:08 a.m. 

An ambulance was called for 
a medical emergency. 
7:00 p.m. 

An officer was requested at 
Iberville because a student was 
trying to "double up" on his 
take out food. The assistant 
manager did not want to file a 
report; he just wanted officers 
to be aware that the student 
was attempting to steal food. 
11:27 p.m. 

An ambulance was called to 
Dodd Hall for two medical 

emergencies. One resident fell 
and hit her head; the other was 
bitten by a spider. Neither was 
transported to the hospital. 

10:40 p.m. 

A teacher from the Louisiana 
School called because non-stu- 
dents were causing problems at 
a dance. 

1:47 p.m. 

An ambulance was called to 
Dodd Hall for a resident with a 
spider bite. 

11:10 a.m. 

Someone from the Natchi- 
toches Police Department 
called about a medical emer- 
gency at the Columns. An 
ambulance and employees 
from the fire department were 
already on the way. 

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Opinions ] 

Humanity during war II 

By Justin 

If you have watched the news 
lately, I'm sure you have heard 
the story of the Marine who shot 
and killed an unarmed Iraqi mili- 
tant in a mosque in Falluja. 
Though the facts are still a little 
confused, it appears the militant 
was among five men who had 
been wounded during a raid on 
the mosque the day before. The 
soldiers left them there for anoth- 
er unit to pick up and bring out 
of the city for treatment and 
detainment. For some reason, 
that unit never arrived and the 
wounded men were left there 
overnight. Another unit of 
Marines arrived sometime the 
next day and found the wounded 
men. A Marine noticed that one 
of the men was still breathing and 
shouted that he was pretending 
to be dead. He then shot the man 
and remarked, "Well, he's dead 

There is currently a criminal 
probe into the event, and the sol- 
dier involved will likely face dis- 
ciplinary action. However, I was 
appalled to read today that a 
large number of Marines are 
claiming he did nothing wrong. 
They argue that he was stressed 
from the battle and the wound he 
suffered the day before. They 
claim extenuating circumstances 
because the insurgents had not 
been fighting "by the rules." 
Some even said they would have 
done the same thing. Sergeant 
Nicholas Graham said, "I would 
have shot the insurgent too. Two 
shots to the head . . . You can't 
trust these people. He should not 
be investigated. He did nothing 

Of course he did something 
wrong. Aside from the multitude 
of international laws he broke, he 
has no moral leg to stand on. You 
can argue extenuating circum- 
stances all day long, but the fact 
of the matter is that the Marine in 
question killed a wounded and 
unarmed man. What threat did 
he pose? If he was wired to 
explode, shooting him could only 

make matters worse. If the 
Marine thought he was going to 
leap up and attack him, he still 
could have kept him in his sights 
and had his comrades detain him. 
That Marine executed that Iraqi. 
He held his life in his hand, and 
he crushed it not because he had 
to, but because he chose to. 

The comments of those who are 
defending the Marine's actions 
make me concerned about the 
mindset of the average American 
soldier. How can they think he 
did nothing wrong? We are the 
United States of America. We 
have long striven to be a "city on 
the hill," an example to the rest of 
the world of what civilized 
democracy can achieve. We are 
supposed to hold ourselves to a 
very high standard. Just because 
our enemy isn't playing fair, we 
do not lower ourselves to their 

We are supposed to be fighting 
a war of liberation, not annihila- 
tion. If we are ever to win "the 
hearts and minds of the Iraqi peo- 
ple," our soldiers must treat all 
Iraqis, even their enemies, as 
human beings. Most of the insur- 
gents in Iraq are Iraqis, and I am 
certain this fact is not forgotten 
by Iraqi citizens. Even if most of 
the Iraqi people disagree with the 
beliefs and actions of the insur- 
gents, they cannot like seeing 
their countrymen stripped of 
their human rights and executed 
on the spot. If we allow infrac- 
tions like the one in Falluja to go 
unpunished, we run the risk of 
appearing just as barbarous as the 
insurgents in the eyes of the Iraqi 
people. If this occurs, how can 
we convince them to trust us or 
the democratic government we 
have helped create there? 

Vietnam taught us that even 
though you are killing more of 
them than they are of you, it 
doesn't mean you are winning. 
Unless we send a clear message 
of our beliefs to both the Iraqi 
people and our own troops by 
punishing that Marine for his 
actions, we will bring ourselves 
one step closer to defeat. 

Justin Shatwell is a Louisiana 
Scholars' College Student. His 
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resent the Sauce staff or the Uni- 

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PDCLQQtB The new law 

By J. Aaron "Q" 

Bush has appointed a man 
named Alberto Gonzales to the 
position of Attorney General, head 
of the Justice Department. This is 
the man who wrote the legal 
defense for keeping prisoners in 
Guantanamo Bay without access 
to lawyers or, indeed, access to the 
outside world at all. His extension 
of American sovereignty to Iraq 
allowed us to weasel out of the 
Geneva Convention and ultimate- 
ly justified the torture at Abu 
Ghraib. This man provided the 
legal framework that has allowed 
the US to flout the laws he himself 

will be obligated to enforce. This, 
boys and girls, is scary. 

It's even scarier when one con- 
siders that he may well have been 
chosen so that the Bush adminis- 
tration can groom him for a seat 
on the Supreme Court. Though 
the first seat will almost certainly 
go to a far-right puppet of the 
regime, Gonzales has proven him- 
self adept at the misrepresentation 
and legal contortionism the Bush 
team loves so much. This, in com- 
bination with the appointment of 
Condoleeza Rice (another facilita- 
tor of this administration's lies) to 
replace Colin Powell as Secretary 
of State, is absolutely chilling. 

These are very telling moves by 
the Bush regime. This is a state- 
ment that the changes we have 
seen in the last four years are not 
going to be changes of administra- 
tive policy but changes of govern- 

mental policy. The President is 
surrounding himself with advisors 
who will do what he tells them 
rather than advising him. He is 
creating a buffer against criticism 
and dissent, not a connection to 
fresh ideas and public opinion. 

To Mr. Hargis: Kindly tell us 
which Republican source you use 
for your statistics and exactly how 
one goes about calculating that 49 
percent of the media supported 
Kerry and 51 percent supported 
Bush. Though I can't say I consid- 
er voting for Bush a particularly 
intelligent act in light of the facts, I 
understand that many people are 
ill-informed or vote by matters 
other than the issues of govern- 
ment. One person I spoke with, 
for instance, voted for Bush 
because they are both from Texas. 

Your demographics concerning 
middle-class church-attending 

families reflect your own biases, 
and, indeed, those of the average 
middle-class church-attending 
family. Your failure to see Kerry's 
class and brains before the election 
was just that: your failure. As so 
many have, you identified with 
Bush's Midwestern manner and 
his speeches about "faith" more 
than you thought about Kerry's 
points on foreign and fiscal policy. 
I fear that the next four years will 
teach even you to be more percep- 
tive in choosing for whom you 

Write to 
over the break. And where the 
hell is "Cafif-lib-eronia?" 

J. Aaron Brown is a Louisiana 
Scholars' College student. His 
opinions do not necessarily rep- 
resent the Sauce staff or the Uni- 

THE RIGHT SIDE Heavily thankful 

By T. Hargis 

Between Veterans Day and the 
Thanksgiving holidays we all 
have time to reflect on our nation 
and our very lives as Christmas 
approaches. What do we truly 
mean when we say we are thank- 
ful? Are you thankful that it was- 
n't you being shot at this week in 
Fallujah or Mosul or are you 
thankful that someone else was 
being shot at? Are you thankful 
for the right to read this column or 
the one above it? If you look close- 
ly you can see blood on your fin- 
gers from the dying soldier that 
brought this freedom to you. 
Maybe it wasn't yesterday; maybe 
it was 50 years ago or perhaps 
over 200 years ago. To me, it 
frankly doesn't matter. I guess I 
should think about what I am 
thankful for. 

I'm thankful first for my wife. 
Yeah, she is my wife, but she 
understands something the Filler 
column could never grasp. She 
wakes up every day at 0515 - 
that's 5:15 a.m. civilian time - to 
run 2-4 miles to keep in shape. She 
has willfully volunteered to be a 
number. Her life is not her own 

and whatever mission she is on 
carries with it more weight than 
her concern for family, husband or 
daughter. She has yet to spend 
Easter at home since we have been 
married because there were things 
that needed to be done to keep the 
mission of this nation moving. She 
salutes a flag that stands not for a 
president but for a union of states 
that places its loyalty to a set of 
ideals. She wears a flag on her 
arm that flies in the proper direc- 
tion even when she endures 
orders that she would rather not 
follow. She gives her loyalty to the 
constitution, not a man, and swore 
by it when she took her enlistment 
to be an active duty soldier and 
not to a man or women whose 
ideas and policies really don't 
matter when you are defending 
rights. When she salutes, she 
salutes not the man in uniform but 
the rank that it carries. 

I'm thankful for my brother. He 
gets to see enemy Korean soldiers 
on a daily basis now without hav- 
ing contact with his family back 
home in months. He has chemical 
drills every other morning at 0400 
and sleeps well within range of 
enemy artillery. He doesn't whine 
about the action but complains 
about the lack of it. He is trained 
to be a just in case soldier. He is a 
soldier I am thankful we are not 
using. Thankful he is ready, thank- 
ful he is bored. 

I'm thankful that every morning 
and every evening when I pass 
headquarters on my way home I 
have to stop my car and get out 
when "Taps" begins to play. I'm 
thankful that at 1700 every day 
there are people that salute, stand 
at attention and stand firm while 
our flag is lowered without dis- 
grace. Soldiers ensure that no part 
of the flag touches the ground and 
that no one moves until the 
artillery cannon is fired signaling 
the end of the duty day. 

They are thankful for every air- 
borne, Ranger, enlisted, officer or 
Special Forces soldier that gave 
their life not for a president, not 
for people in congress but for the 
right to run for those offices, the 
right to speak about those offices, 
and the right to even have those 

The Filler only showed its igno- 
rance last week, but also a blatant 
disrespect for everyone in the 
sendee of your country. It chose 
not to bring an intelligent voice to 
NSU by submitting that poorly 
constructed picture to symbolize a 
point that could have been made 
far more effective using other 
symbols. I, along with thousand of 
other soldiers on Veterans Day, 
was not only personally offended 
but awestruck, as a person who 
"claims" to be a Louisiana "Schol- 
ars" College student, would repre- 
sent not only the college but the 

University as a whole in such a 
ignorant matter is just sad. 

I am thankful that the author is 
not in the service because I don't 
know if he could get past himself 
and his "issues" to see the larger 
picture of society and that of histo- 
ry in general. Maybe he should 
attend our judicial processes class 
more and learn about our coun- 
tries' symbols and procedures. He 
does have the right to submit for 
publication anything he sees fit. I 
think it shows a poor understand- 
ing of your own country to con- 
nect our flag with the office of the 
president when the president has 
his own seal. But in the end all he 
wants is attention. 

The left has to have it to sur- 
vive, especially now. The minority 
has to scream louder and look 
more ridiculous to get attention. 
So I will continue like the rest of 
you to read his article and give 
him the attention because at some 
points it is humorous. Last week 
was just sad. Another soldier died 
today and will not be draped with 
the seal of the president. His coffr 1 
will don our flag, always flying 
home, in the proper direction. 

Thomas Hargis is a senior gen* 
eral studies major. His opinions 
do not necessarily represent the 
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Thursday, November 18, 2004 
the Current Sauce 


Survival 1010: 
Meeting the 

Dear Readers, 

As we get closer to the holi- 
day season, the inevitable will 
undoubtedly occur. Whoever 
you are dating is bound to 
request your attendance at some 
family function that will require 
you to meet the parents. 
Though you may have success- 
fully avoided the meeting for 
months by bemoaning your 
need to study and work, the 
excuses disappear come holiday 

So let us assume that you, like 
most people, have found no 
polite way to wriggle out of 
your boy /girlfriend's invitation. 
You are well and truly stuck, 
and even now you are begrudg- 
ingly planning the trip to your 
loved one's house. Never fear, 
dear reader, I am here to help 
you at least avoid a Ben Stiller- 
esque experience. I am really 
just going to talk about one sim- 
ple rule that should be followed: 
use your common sense. 

Common sense should tell 
you that not every family is 
going to be exactly like yours. 
For instance, just because your 
family thinks that people who 
skip church are heathens does 
not mean that the family you 
are visiting thinks the same way. 
The last time they may have 
stepped inside of a church was 
for a funeral. In other words, 
you might just do best avoiding 
topics that could be inflammato- 
ry like religion and politics. Dif- 
ferent families, different cus- 
toms - you get the idea. 

Also, use your common sense 
when it comes to your manner- 
isms and speech habits. Remem- 
ber that cursing may not be con- 
sidered polite by the family you 
are meeting. Burping farting, 
etc. in public should also be 
taken into consideration. Not 
everyone considers it a compli- 
ment to the chef when you let 
one out at the end of the meal. 

You are trying to make an 
impression on these people, 
right? So, you do not want to 
make the parents wonder what 
m the world their child was 
thinking by hooking up with 
such a moron. And try to keep 
the making out in front of the 
Parents to a minimum, if any at 
all- No one likes to see their lit- 
tle boy or girl get felt up right in 
front of their eyes. 

For any other massive mishap 
'hat occurs, just go with it. Be 
honest, polite and contrite if you 
m ess up or offend anybody. A 
sincere apology can usually go a 
long way when you are a guest 
a t someone else's house. Also, 
^k ahead of time about the 
'amily you are going to see so 
V°u can get a good idea of what 
•to expect and what they consid- 
er proper behavior. 
, In the end, if your conscience 
18 saying not to do something, 
^ to follow it for once. Other- 
Vv ise, be your usual charming 
^If, and hopefully the folks will 
^ the wonderful you that has 
'heir son or daughter so infatu- 

* disclaimer: While this is an 
Wvice column, recognize that I 
^fallible. I am not a profes- 
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p sr , and I base my advice sole- 
y on my own personal experi- 
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2. Gretchen Johnson cuddles up 
with a Bolivian Geoff roy Cat. The 
cat is full-grown and slightly smaller 
than an average house cat and 
weighs only two pounds. (Leslie 
Westbrook/ the Current Sauce) 

3. Senior Christopher Less hangs 
out with Ruby, an African Gray par- 
rot. (Leslie Westbrook/ the Current Sauce) 




SAB brings out 
NSU's 'wild' side 

By Claire Mayeux 

Sauce Reporter 

More than the typical noises of college students were 
heard in the Student Union on Wednesday when SAB 
hosted its "SABari" event. 

SAB representatives-at-large worked hard to bring wild 
animals to campus. Students visited cuddly and creepy 
animals and insets while munching on pizza, popcorn and 
animal crackers. 

Representative-at-Large Mandy Ward said that she was 
very pleased with the turnout. "We had hoped for large 
zoo animals, but the smaller, cuddly ones worked out 
great. Students were excited and stayed a long tim#,,npt 
only for the food but also for the event itself," Ward said. 

What student wouldn't have fun holding a large, yellow 
python, a furry tarantula, a gray chinchilla, or a taking a 
picture with a monkey licking on a lollipop? 

Jamie Sandifer, a junior history major said that this was 
the best SAB event that she has been to during her career 
at NSU. 

" I think that this is awesome. I loved being able to inter- 
act with the animals. This tops all of the events so far. I 
hope they do this again next year." Sandifer said. 

There are hopes for repeating this event next year but 
perhaps with more of a carnival theme. SAB president Lisa 
Mayeux said she was thrilled that the students had so 
much fun. 

" This event brought a diverse crowd who really seemed 
to enjoy themselves. We are always striving to have all stu- 
dents at NSU interact whenever possible," Mayeux said. 

4. Sophomore Eric Evans was one of 
only a few students willing to hold 
one of the two hissing cockroaches. 

(Leslie Westbrook/ the Current Sauce) 

5. Roxanne Peltier makes friends 
with a hedgehog. (Leslie Westbrook/ 

the Current Sauce) 

6. Mirage, a Fennec fox native to 
the northern Sahara desert, kept a 
low profile during the SABari. (Chris 
Reich/t/ie Current Sauce) 

7. Local school children get a fright 
from Casper, a seven-foot-long albi- 
no Burmese python. (Leslie West- 
brook/ the Current Sauce) 






Styfe tiysjor a new 

Everyone knows one: the guy 
in your class who dresses so 
chic, the one who smells great 
everyday, the man who spends 
some time in the mirror and 
actually gives a hoot. Know 
what I'm talking about? Of 
course you do. It's the latest 
brand of gentleman — the 

The Metro-sexual is the guy 
you see at Starbucks with gelled 
hair, a crisp button-down shirt, 
fitted trousers and nice, black, 
buckled shoes. He's the guy 
that makes normal guys look 
like crap. He's the guy that puts 
most men and some women to 
shame, and he should. He 
worked hard for it. 

Metro-sexuals look like the 
reality-form of the male runway 
model — except his sexual prefer- 
ence is strictly in the female 

When did this metro-sexual 
movement become so apparent? 
I'd say about the late 1990s early 
2000s. During the last "Friends" 
seasons, the idea of a clean-cut 
guy who takes care of himself, is 
actually aware of his appearance 
and is definitely not afraid to 
express his personality really 
caught America's eyes-both 
women's and men's. 

Brad Pitt's and Tom Cruise's 
sense of style makes them both 
hotties, but still metro-sexuals. 
Colin Farrell might be a little 
rough around the edges, but 
even so, he would also be con- 
sidered a metro-sexual. 

OK, so if you're reading this 
and you're a guy, and you think 
you might be one, here are some 
style tips for you. 

The sleek, sexy fashion scene 
for you includes some basic 

Try a bold tie: 

Knowing that you can look 
professional and personal all in 
the same outfit is quite a feat 
that many, many guys lack. The 
next time you are getting ready 
to buy a super-spiffy outfit for a 
job interview or a nice dinner, 
consider a bold, vibrant tie. 
Wrap a bright, multi-colored or 
patterned cravat around your 
neck instead of typical basic 
dark (boring) tie. If you are 
dressing to impress, the worst 
impression you can make is that 
you are boring. By letting your 
future employer or current date 
know that you are not afraid to 
stand out a little, you are leaving 
the notion that you are original 
and not afraid to be different. 
Words of advice, though, are to 
stay away from the old-fogey 
ties that are too skinny or too 
wide. Keep sophistication in 
mind and pick a print that is 
bold and eye-catching, not loud 
and eye-squinting. 

You spent the 
bucks, now wear 
a tux: 

CSSa*; Well, at least 
\ y wear the shirt. 
f^L You might as 


that if 

you have pur- 
chased a tuxedo 
you probably are 
not going to wear 
it that often, unless 
you are 1.) An NSU I 
musician or 2.) a 
penguin. So, the 
easiest way to make 
use of your expen- 
sive digs is to wear 
the shirt but not with 
just anything. Dress 
down your tux shirt 
by pairing it with your 
fitted jeans and nice 
leather shoes, preferably 
in black. Dress up the 

■ See Metro-sexual, page 6 

Life — the Current Sauce — Thursday, No\-ember 18, 2004 




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The Incredibles - PG 

Mon - Fri 

7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

Sat & Sun 

2 p.m. 4:20 p.m. 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

The Grud ge - PG-13 

Mon - Fri 9:30 p.m. 

Sat & Sun 4:20 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

National Treasure - PG 

Mon - Fri 

7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

Sat & Sun 

2 p.m. 4:20 p.m. 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 
Spon ge Bob Square Pants Movie - PG 

Mon - Fri 

7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

Sat & Sun 

2 p.m. 4:20 p.m. 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

The Polar Express - G 

Mon - Fri 7 p.m. 

Sat & Sun 2 p.m. 7 p.m. 

Kid Shows 

Jimmy Neutron - Mon. 10 a.m. 
Shrek 2 - Tues. & Wed. 10 a.m. 

(£ /I Tuesday 
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Students & Faculty bring 
your NSU ID 

Jordan to play 
piano series 

By Darla Williford 

Sauce Reporter 

The next internationally 
acclaimed artist to visit NSU as 
part of the Louisiana Piano Series 
International is Krassimira Jordan 
of Bulgaria. 

Jordan began playing the piano 
at age four and made her debut at 
seven. She has won many presti- 
gious international prizes includ- 
ing the International Piano Com- 
petitions "Alfredo Casella" and 
"Alessando Casagrande." In 1981, 
she won the gold medal as a repre- 
sentative of Austria in the Rio de 
Janeiro International Piano Com- 

Jordan is now an Artist-in-Resi- 
dence and professor of Piano at 
Baylor University in Waco, Texas. 
By teaching intensive masterclass- 
es, Jordan has enhanced the inter- 
national image of Baylor's music 
program. She teaches instruction 
in European culture and history, 
and organizes educational tours 
and student concerts in Europe. 

Jordan's concert will be Nov. 30 
at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. 
The performance will be preceded 
by a pre-concert lecture, given by 
Nikita Fitenko, assistant professor 
of piano, and followed by a recep- 

Tickets are free to NSU students 
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Home away from home for holidays 

By Raquel Hill 

Life Editor 

For NSU athletes there's no place 
like home. But with busy practice 
and game schedules, going home is 
harder than they thought. 

Being away from family has 
brought on two different reactions 
for two athletes. They have experi- 
enced what it's like to be away 
from family during the holidays by 
going home with other teammates, 
playing at tournaments or being 
stuck in Natchitoches. 

Thanksgiving is when NSU stu- 
dents get to go home for a week 
and be with their families, but for 
Flavia Belo and Kristin Davis, 
going home won't be a reality. 

Belo, public relations major, is 
originally from Rio de Janeiro, 
Brazil. When the school year 
begins, her life back home ends and 
Demon life begins. Between class- 
es, practice and studying, Belo 
doesn't find much time for a social 
life. All of that changes next week 

With volleyball season now over 
and the weeklong break ahead, 
Belo and the rest of her teammates 
have some time to finally catch up 
on sleep and rest before finals. 
However, going home for Thanks- 
giving isn't an option for the 22- 
year-old senior. 

With airfare prices so high and 
the Christmas holidays just around 
the corner, she has to find alternate 
ways to spend her turkey day. 

Belo said the hardest thing about 

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Flavia Belo and Kristen Davis will spend another holiday break away from home. 

being so far away from home is see- 
ing everyone getting ready to go 
home and having to find her own 
place to stay during the holidays. 

"Everyone's excited to see their 
family, and you either have to stay 
here or go home with someone," 
she said. 

"Being an athlete makes it hard 
to go home, but you can count on 
your teammates to come through 
for you. Someone is always going 
to offer to take you in so you won't 
be left behind." 

Not being close to both family 
and friends is disappointing for 

Davis as well, but being away is 
more of a vacation than it is a nui- 

Eveiy Thanksgiving, the basket- 
ball coaches schedule the team to 
play in a tournament. Two years 
ago, the tournament was in Las 
Vegas and last year it was in Chica- 
go. This year the team plans to 
travel to California. 

So how does an athlete on the 
road spend the holidays? Just ask 
21-year-old Davis from Sulphur. 

This year the team leaves Nov. 
24, the day before Thanksgiving. 
And even though the team will be; 
2,000 miles away from home, they 
still plan to incorporate the holi- 
days and enjoy it as a family. 

"We're probably going to do] 
some sight-seeing and then find a] 
place to have dinner as a team," she 

For Davis, the worst part abouj 
traveling during the break is thai 
Thanksgiving is supposed to be 
time with family and friends. 

"I know I'll miss being with nr 
family and not being home," Da 

Wondering how athletes li 
Davis and Belo get over their sep; 
ration anxiety? 

They remember that eveni 
though they are far away from their 
immediate families, they have a 
second family right here at NSU. 1 

"The coaches try really hard to 
make things as comfortable as pos} 
sible," Davis said. "The team is my 
family, and it makes being away for 
the holidays a little better." 


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to hit the play action pass and 
fiand the ball off to Johnese and 
(Derek) Sampson," Stoker said. 

The lone blemish of the 
Demons is playing on the road. 
f4SU is currently 1-3 on the road 
including losses to the Universi- 
ty of Louisiana at Lafayette, 
North Dakota State and Nicholls 

Kick off time for Saturday's 
contest is 2 p.m. at Homer Byrce 
Stadium in Nacogdoches, Texas. 

"This is very important for us 
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The Way 
I See It 




The little guys get none 
of the credit. 

I am not going to bore 
you about the importance 
of this weekend's football 
game against Stephen F. 

Yes, we have to win to 
go to the playoffs. Yes, if 
we win we will have a 
share of the conference 
championship (like I said 
we could do). 

I am not going to bore 
all of you because by the 
time this column is print- 
ed, it will have been 
drilled into your skulls. 

I'm not going to write 
about last weekend's 
game against Sam Hous- 
ton State either. 

Sure, it was a great 
game, and it was a con- 
vincing victory. The 
Demons stood up and 
answered their critics 
against a very tough Bear- 
kat team. 

I am going to write 
about the unsung athletes 
of NSU: The hard-work- 
ing athletes who partici- 
pate in the so-called 
minor sports. 

I have not done a very 
good job covering these 
worthy athletes. 

I have written about 
sports and 9-11, the foot- 
ball team's ups and 
downs and I have whined 
about my boys, the Yan- 
kees, losing in the ALCS 
to the Red Sox. 

To all of you who par- 
ticipate in softball, tennis, 
soccer and track, I say 
thank you. There may not 
be very many people at 
your respective events, 
but I just want you all to 
know that I think you do 
a great job. 

Few people can say that 
they were Division I ath- 
letes, so take pride in 
your accomplishment. 

I attended a volleyball 
game this semester for the 
first time in my life. We 
were playing McNeese, 
and the atmosphere 
rivaled its football coun- 

There was a deep, gen- 
uine passion on both 
sides. It was a very excit- 
ing game that ended with 
a Demon victory. 

These athletes poured 
their hearts out because 
they love their sport. 
They may not stand out 
on campus, but they 
embody NSU athletic tra- 

Another thing I noticed 
was how these athletes 
root for one another. The 
tennis players were cheer- 
ing on the volleyball team 
like there was no tomor- 

They screamed and 
hollered and made sure 
that McNeese knew they 
were there. They did what 
we all should do: Support 
our student athletes. 

Go to a tennis match. 
Watch a baseball game. 
Heck, even the basketball 
teams need some love. 

They work hard and 
deserve every ounce of 
support we have. 

On a sad note, I want to 
say goodbye. This is my 
last column. On Dec. 17 1 
will leave this world of 
late night pizza and video 
games to enter the world 
of casual Fridays and the 
dreaded minivan. 

My goal was to inform 
and entertain, and I hope 
I did just that. 

Have a happy Thanks- 
giving and good luck 
with the rest of the semes- 
ter. Thank you. 

Conference favorites 

Demons predicted to win the Southland championship 

By Justin Hebert 

Sauce Reporter 

Its tip-off time for the 
Demons, and people are 
already looking forward to 
some March madness. 

The NSU men's basketball 
team is preparing for their 
first regular season game 
this Friday night at 7 p.m. in 
Stillwater, Okla. 

They will play the Cow- 
boys of Oklahoma State who 
are nationally ranked in the 
top 10. 

"We are just going to have 
to go and compete," Demon 
head coach Mike 
McConathy said. "We need 
to rebound, and we need to 
take care of the basketball. 

If we do these things then 
you don't ever know what 
could happen." 

NSU's 2004-2005 hoops 
team is the preseason pick to 
win the Southland Confer- 
ence while bringing back 
five starters for 
McConathy's sixth season 
with the Demons. 

Demon juniors Byron 
Allen, Jermaine Wallace and 
Clifton Lee, who have been 
part of the youngest Divi- 
sion I basketball team for the 
past two seasons, have been 
picked by the coaches for 
this year's preseason All- 
SLC Basketball Team. 

"You always want to be 
looked at as a quality club, 
but you have got a lot of 
work to do to be able to 

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Junior guard Tyronn Mitchell dribbles past a Henderson State defender at Prather Coliseum Nov. 7. The 
Demons won the exhibition game against the Reddies 66-56. NSU opens regular season play Friday. 

obtain that goal," 
McConathy said. 

NSU is looking to benefit 
from the experience and 
depth that comes with 

bringing back 12 letter win- 
ners when they take on a 
tough non-conference 
Their schedule includes 

games against Oklahoma 
State, Tulsa, Tulane, LSU, 
Valparaiso, Cincinnati, Day- 
ton, Northern Iowa, and Illi- 
nois, all of which made the 

NCAA Tournament just a 
year ago. 

"Hopefully it will put us 
in a position where we 
played the best and 
improved, we competed and 
hopefully we can win some 
game," McConathy said. "If 
you can do that then I think 
it'll be beneficial." 

McConathy said he plans 
to have his team approach 
every game this season with 
the same hard-working 
mentality so that they do not 
get themselves too excited 
for some of the tough games. 

"I think you have to take 
every game as if it is a game, 
because you don't want to 
build them up so much that 
mentally you give your kids 
a disadvantage," 
McConathy said. 

One of the biggest 
rewards of the Demons com- 
peting in such a strong 
schedule outside of the 
Southland is getting used to 
playing tough teams, espe- 
cially when the games are on 
the road. 

"If we play in these tough 
venues there is not any- 
where in our conference 
that's going to be more diffi- 
cult than going to Stillwater, 
Dayton, Cincinnati, or LSU," 
McConathy said. "But the 
most important thing is 
understanding that our sea- 
son is based off of our 16 
conference games and the 
conference tournament." 

NSU crew hosts annual marathon 

By Jamie Clark 

Sauce Reporter 

Twenty-five course records 
were set Saturday at the 15th 
Annual Marathon Rowing 
Championship on Cane River 

Contestants raced 26.2 
miles, beginning at Melrose 
Plantation and ending at the 
downtown riverbank. 

The marathon had a record- 
breaking 108 entries, which 
was comprised of 350 com- 
petitors. Some came from as 
far as England. Last year 
there were 72 entries with 285 

"This year was clearly the 
best ever for the marathon," 
said coach Alan Pasch. 
"Entries were as high as they 
have ever been." 

The Marathon was graced 
with its first Olympic com- 
petitor, Jim Dietz. He is a 
three-time Olympic rower, 
two-time Olympic rowing 
coach and is the current head 
coach at the University of 

Dietz set a course record in 
the Men's Master E Single 
event at 3:27:16 and beat the 
previous record by almost 

five minutes. Dietz said he 
was impressed with the 
marathon and plans to return 
next year. 

He said he may even bring 
his team from the University 
of Massachusetts. 

"It was a total surprise; we 
couldn't have paid to have 
better publicity," Pasch said. 
"He stayed around until 
everyone had their pictures 
taken and questions 
answered. It helps out the 
Marathon to have a person of 
that caliber to participate in 
the event. It will definitely 
have an impact on next year." 

NSU entered two racing 
shells (boats) in the marathon. 
The first was a men's open 
four-boat that set an NSU 
record and took the bronze 
medal with a time of 3:18:09. 

Varsity rowers Ricky 
Ziegler, Matt Hooker, Dave 
May, Chris Lee and coxswain 
Kilburn Laundry raced the 
boat. May has competed in 
the Marathon for the past 
seven years. 

"It's in my blood," May 

The second shell was a 
novice women's four-boat 
that took gold in its division 

and set a NSU record with 
4:43:26. The shell consisted of 
Maryellen Dickey, Jessica 
Craig, Danielle Champagne, 
Sadie Winterstein and 
coxswain Kori Escalon and 
was the first all novice 
women's boat to be entered in 
the history of NSU. 

"Not many people can say 
that they rowed a marathon, 
so when we were presented 
with the opportunity, we 
grabbed it," said sophomore 
Jessica Craig. "In the end, it 
was well worth it." 

Even with the great weath- 
er conditions, teams ran into 
trouble on the water. The Uni- 
versity of Wisconsin missed 
setting a new course record 
for the men's open eight-boat 
by 1:09 because they broke 
their skeg. 

The skeg is essential for 
steering the shell. The team 
was forced to stop and fix the 
skeg on the water. 

"That's unheard of for a 
team to have an extra skeg 
with them, much less to fix it 
in the middle of a race," said 
assistant NSU coach Jason 
"^gy" Ingargiola. 

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Demon crew team rows the marathon last Saturday. Rowers rowing 
are (front) Ricky Ziegler, Matt Hooker, Dave May and Chris Lee. 

Demons to battle SFA for the Chief 

By Patrick West 

Sports Editor 

NSU's last game of the 
season is for all the marbles: 
a championship and Chief 

If the Demons beat the 
Stephen F. Austin Lumber- 
jacks Saturday, NSU will 
win a share of the South- 
land Conference champi- 
onship, receive an automat- 
ic bid to the I-AA playoffs 
and bring Chief Caddo back 
to Natchitoches. 

The winner of the Sam 
Houston State-Texas State 
game will win the other 
share of the SLC champi- 

"This is for all or noth- 

ing," Demon head coach 
Scott Stoker said. "This is 
where you want to be at the 
end of the season with a 
chance to win a champi- 

If the Demons win, it will 
capture their sixth SLC 
championship and first 
since 1998. 

The Demons won the con- 
ference championship in 
1988, 1997 and 1998 while 
making the playoffs five 
times. NSU made the play- 
offs in 1988, 1997, 1998, 2001 
and 2002. 

The Demons are coming 
off a huge win against then 
No. 3 ranked SHSU 45-27, 
while SFA is coming off a 
blowout win against 

McNeese St. 55-7. 

NSU leads the all time 
series 38-19-3, but SFA beat 
the Demons last season at 
Turpin Stadium 42-35 and 
took Chief Caddo to Nacog- 

"It was a big win for us 
and we expected to win that 
football game," Stoker said. 

Chief Caddo is college 
football's largest trophy as 
the mythical Native Ameri- 
can stands at 7 feet 6 inches 
and 320 pounds, which goes 
home to the winner of the 
NSU-SFA game. 

The Chief Caddo tradi- 
tion started in 1961 with 
NSU leading the series 24- 

The wooden statue is a 

tribute to the Native Ameri- 
can heritage of both univer- 
sities' home regions and 
every Demon fan knows 
Chief Caddo likes Natchi- 
toches over the Lumber- 

For the Demons to win, 
NSU will have to rely on the 
Purple Swarm defense, 
which is coming off a domi- 
nating performance against 

The Purple Swarm leads 
all of Division I-AA in total 
defense and rushing 
defense. The Purple Swarm 
held SHSU to a season low 
309 total offensive yards. 

"Coming into the game 
against Sam Houston we 
knew we had to win," sen- 

ior linebacker Jamall John- 
son said. "We need to win 
this week to get a ring." 

The Demon offense, how- 
ever, has picked up speed 
the last two weeks, piling 
up 806 rushing yards and 
has outscored opponents 

NSU was lead against 
SHSU bv lunior running 
back Derrick Johnese who 
had 252 yards rushing on 24 
carries with two touch- 

Stoker said the Demon 
offense cannot afford to 
turn the football over and 
needs to be consistent on 

"It will be difficult to run 

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This Just In 

Sports Information Bureau 


Tickets on sale 
for SFA game 

Seats in the NSU section 
at the Demons' football 
game Saturday at Stephen 
F. Austin in Nacogdoches, 
Texas, are just $7 and can 
be reserved through the 
NSU Athletic Ticket Offioj 
beginning Tuesday. 

Ticket orders can be 
made by calling the NSU 
ticket office at 357-4268 
from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. begin- 
ning Tuesday through Fri 
day. Tickets will also be on 
sale at the stadium 
Nacogdoches on game 

All NSU tickets are for 
the east side behind the 
Demons' sideline, and 
NSU supporters buying 
tickets on game day 
should use the east side 
ticket booth to get seats in 
the Northwestern section] 
Children ages 10 and 
under are admitted free a: 

Tickets for students ages 
11-18 are $4, and tickets 
for NSU students present* 
ing a current student ID 
are also $4. 

Football may 
play next 

If the NSU Demon foot) 
ball team wins Saturday 
afternoon at Stephen F. 
Austin, a first-round Divis 
sion I-AA playoff gam] 
could be held next Satua 
day afternoon, Nov. 27, ill 
Turpin Stadium. 

Tickets for students fffl 
the playoff game woui 
be $5 each, with that pria; 
set by the NCAA. Pairing 
and game sites for tfl 
playoffs will be 
announced at approxS 
mately noon Sunday on 
ESPN News, and will bj 
featured on the 

Kickoff time for the pos- 
sible home playoff gamj 
next Saturday would lika 
ly be 2 p.m., but that dedf 
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the opposing team's travn 
plans are set. Reserve! 
seats will be $15 with geff 
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Tickets will be availabM 
through the NSU Athletij 
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more lights, more set pieces 
and the chance to purchase a 
spot along the riverbank to 
view the events. 

The Christmas Festival will 
kick off this Friday at 6 p.m. 
with a lighted barge parade 
on Cane River Lake. Satur- 
day will be a daylong Christ- 
mas celebration with arts, 
crafts, food vendors, enter- 
tainment, a parade, a fire- 
works show and the lighting 
of more than 300,000 Christ- 
mas lights. 

The lights now include an 
NSU light set piece, a new 
Santa face, an American Flag 
and a rotating ice skating 
rink. More than 77 set pieces 
will be on display along the 

The fireworks show will 
once again be followed by a 
laser show. The fireworks 
and laser show will last about 
30 minutes beginning at 6 
p.m. Saturday. 

Due to increased atten- 
dance in recent years, the city 
sold sections along the river- 
bank for spectators to view 
the lights. The barricaded 

Schedule of events for Saturday's celebration 

10 a.m. Opening cere- 
mony at Fleur de Lis 

1 p.m. Christmas Festival 

• Afternoon Live musical 
entertainment on the 
Fleur de Lis Stage 

• 6 p.m. Fireworks and 
turning on the Christmas 

Source: City of Natchitoches 

sections are $50.00 and the 
city has a limited number to 

Courtney Hornsby, Main 
Street director, said the city 
expects a huge turnout this 
weekend with more than 
100,000 people expected to 
attend. The 78th Annual 
Christmas Festival and lights 
are expected to attract more 
than half a million people 
during the month of Decem- 

There is always something 
for everyone at the festival. 
There will be an area desig- 
nated for children this year 
called "The Washington 
Square," with activities 
including games, clowns and 
balloons. The children events 
will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Saturday and the cost will be 
$2 per child. 

U.S. Senator-elect David 

Vitter will serve as Grand 
Marshall in the Christmas 
parade, which begins at 1 
p.m. He will also take part in 
all other festival events, 
including the opening cere- 
mony and the Christmas 
Gala at NSU. 

Other visitors at the parade 
will be the Budweiser 
Clydesdales. The Clydes- 
dales will come into town on 
Friday to make appearances 
before serving in the parade 

"I have high hopes for the 
festival and we want to 
encourage all Northwestern 
students to participate in all 
the festival events," Hornsby 

The City of Natchitoches 
will close down streets on 
Saturday morning about 6 
a.m. to get ready for the 

Leslie Westbrook/f/u Ci reentSauci 
Cane River Lake reflects an NSU light display, one of the several 
new additions to the menagerie of lights regularly set up and turned 
on during the holiday season in Natchitoches. 

Where's the WRAC? 

Center's construction delayed again, but parking lot work persists 

SGA commissioner 
keeps her position 

Leslie Westbrook/f/ie Current Sauce 
A construction worker smoothes out asphalt Nov. 19 for the new Sabine parking lot. 

By Eva Sterling 

Sauce Reporter 

Seven years and still count- 
ing. The question on many 
students' minds is When will 
the Wellness Recreation Activity 
Center finally open ? Director of 
the Physical Plant Chris 
Sampite said that it's hard to 
pinpoint, but the center 
should be complete in early 
spring but probably will not 
open until March. No dates 
have yet been selected for the 
Grand Opening Ceremony. 

There are many things left 
for the University to do 
before the center can open., 
bad weather has delayed 
progress at times, Sampite 
said, and only 50 percent of 
the roof is complete. In the 

next two weeks, the facility is 
going to be dried in and any- 
thing goes no matter what 
the weather, Patrick DuBois, 
the associate director of stu- 
dent activities for recreational 
sports and intramural said. 
This means that the ceiling 
will be finished, preventing 
any more water from enter- 
ing the building. At that 
time, the contractors can fin- 
ish the drywall and electrical 

The construction team has 
increased their numbers to 
speed up the project's com- 
pletion, DuBois said. 

"We are disappointed as 
are many that it has taken so 
long to complete, but there 
have been some factors that 
have been uncontrollable," 

Sampite said. 

In addition to the WRAC 
construction, additions and 
renovations have been made 
to two parking lots on cam- 

The Sabine parking lot was 
repaved during Thanksgiv- 
ing break and is now com- 
plete. An extra exit and 
entrance was added to help 
traffic flow. The parking lot 
was re-stripped creating 45 
additional parking spaces, 
which is 370 spaces total. 
Extra lighting is still to be 
added to the parking lot for 
student safety, Sampite said. 
The closing of Caddo parking 
lot is being considered. 

Another parking lot is 
under construction on the 
■ See Lots, page 3 

By Victoria Smith 

Sauce Reporter 

In a failed attempt to 
remove Shantel Wempren 
from her position as Com- 
missioner of Academic 
Affairs on the SGA, Sen. Fred 
Kuechenmeister brought five 
articles of impeachment 
against her at Monday's SGA 
meeting and charged her 
with a gross dereliction of 
duty. Eleven senators voted 
for her removal, but this was- 
n't enough. 

According to Kuechen- 
meister's articles, Wempren 
failed to ensure that her 
department completed at 
least two projects this semes- 
ter, work with NSU's vice 
president of academic affairs 
in various areas, provide 
SGA representation on all 
available University academ- 
ic committees, organize the 
Educational Programming 
Committee, and address 
teacher evaluations this 

After formally presenting 
the charges, Sen. Kuechen- 
meister said he had nothing 
to add and that he was only 
presenting the facts. 

Earlier this semester, the 
Distinguished Lecturer Com- 
mittee proposed to bring 
feminist speaker Gloria 
Steinem to speak at NSU, but 
the bill failed to pass. 

"There has been no effort 
or any other plans to bring in 
another project," Kuechen- 
meister said. 

Carlos Hartwell, member 

of the Distin- 
guished Lec- 
turer Com- 
mittee, said 
the commit- 
tee's main 
focus on proj- 
Wempren ects is the 

"If you vote it down that's 
having to start over because 
it's been completely shut 
down," Hartwell said. 

"There was a dereliction of 
duty in communicating with 
the vice president of academ- 
ic affairs and because of this, 
the University terminated a 
degree program without any 
representation from the Stu- 
dent Government Associa- 
tion or Academic Affairs," 
Kuechenmeister said. 

During the fall 2004 semes- 
ter Wempren also failed to 
present the senate with 
appointments to the Scholar- 
ship Appeals Committee and 
the Subcommittee Grade 
Appeals for Admission, 
Credits, and Graduation 
Council. Kuechenmeister 
said there was disregard for 
teacher evaluations after 
Jerry Whorton resigned from 
the senate earlier this semes- 

"These charges are 
grounds to remove Ms. 
Wempren from commission- 
er of academic affairs," 
Kuechenmeister said. 

Wempren said that these 
charges were unconstitution- 

"You can impeach me, you 
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By Kyle Carter 

News Editor 

The baseball field has been get- 
ting the final touches on its surface 
using a new design in artificial turf. 

Mitch Gaspard, head coach of 
the baseball team, said a new turf is 
going to be placed on the field 
made of a rubber-sand mixture. 
This mixture allows for a safer, 
more natural playing surface for 
baseball, he said. In football, the 
100 percent rubber surface of the 
old turf provides a cushion, which 
allows for safer tackling and better 
bounce, but in baseball, a bouncy 
surface is not needed. 

"In baseball you want a natural 
type of playing surface for a natu- 
ral bounce, and the sand allows for 
this," Gaspard said. 

He said because this new turf is 
becoming the standard, the Uni- 
versity will probably have people 
from across the Southern region 
coming to see the new turf. Many 
baseball teams, both professional 
and collegiate, have been moving 
to this type of turf, he said. 

There were two main reasons for 
replacing the surface on the base- 
ball field. Chris Sampite, director 
of the physical plant, said first, the 
baseball field needed to have the 
old turf replaced because it had 
outlived its usefulness. Second, the 
drainage on the field needed to be 
reworked. The project cost about 
$270,000, he said. 

Gaspard said the previous sur- 
face was an Astro Turf surface first 
played on in the Superdome for 

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Work on the baseball field's new surface is currently in progress. Drainage cor 
rections have been made to the field, and new artificial turf has been laid. 

eight years. It was laid on the field 
in 1994, making this turf almost 
two decades old. 

"This turf is only supposed to 
last 12 years," Gaspard said. "Just 
wear and tear over time pushed 
the resurfacing forward." 

Charles Bourg director of ath- 
letic facilities, said it is hoped that 
the field will be ready by the mid- 
dle of December if rain does not 
delay the project. He said all that is 
needed to do is place the inlaid 
logos, baselines and dugout lines 
followed by the rubber-sand mix- 
ture placed over the artificial grass- 
like surface. The field will not have 
to be painted for every game like 
Turpin Stadium, Bourg said. This 
will make maintaining the field 
cheaper and easier because field 
paint will not have to be constantly 
swept off of it. 

NSU Police Blotter by Elizabeth Bolt 

1:52 p.m. 

A man was on campus with a 
firearm. He was advised that NSU 
is a gun-free zone and was escort- 
ed off campus. 
7:04 p.m. 

A litter of kittens was found 
behind Varnado. The animal shel- 
ter was advised the next day. 


11:30 a.m. 

There was a fight at the Health 
and RE. Majors' Building. All 
units went and broke up the fight. 

7:49 p.m. 

A caller from Dodd requested 
an officer for a disturbance 
between a resident and a male 
visitor. Two kitchen knives were 
confiscated from those involved. 
The man was transported to the 
campus police station to write a 
statement. They were advised 
that campus police would take 
further action if problems persist- 


12:08 p.m. 

There was a fight at Iberville. 

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Bourg said. He said it costs abou. jepartment 
$100,000 less than the old turf. fte Edua 
Sampite said the baseball fiel Committee i 
has been experiencing problem isign langu 
with drainage caused by too fen (our ideas 
drainage outlets. The problem ha spring leisui 
been corrected by reworking th "If I didn 
drainage below the field before thj supposed to 
new turf is laid. academic af 

Bourg said keeping up the fieli jize," Wemj 
has been a problem with the oli The SGA 
drainage system. He said wate otnmending 
had been flooding and ponding jj hours of opt 
the area around third base on thj 
field, causing the old turf to begii I ^\^T 
to tear and dry rot. I 

At press time, the drainage syj 
tern was corrected, but the artificial east side of c 
turf is on the field without the rub. Center pari 
ber-sand mixture. But weathei help ease soi 
allowing it will be done soon. itation on th 

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One subject with a bloody nose 
was transported to the campus 
police station. Witnesses rilled out 


1:32 p.m. 

Campus police were advised 
that a vehicle was overturned 
near the softball field. An ambu- 
lance and fire truck went. A 
wrecker service did not have the 
equipment to turn over the vehi- 
cle. The subject was not transport- 
ed to the hospital. 


10:05 a.m. 

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kick me off, but you can not 
ording to the constitution strip 
from my commissionership," 
pren said. 
Wempren said she talks to stu- 
ts and teachers and does her 
: for the students of NSU. 
This is a witch hunt," Wempren 
d. "They're after me this week; 
y could be after you next, 
ybe I didn't do mv job but I tried 

[Sen. Patrick Feller said that the 
fcnmissioner of Academic Affairs 
Ids out what they are supposed to 

*It's a thankless position," Feller 
id. "You do a lot of work and get 
credit for it, but it's your respon- 

Wempren said it is the commit- 
cheaper |) je's job to go out and get informa- 
\stro Tuij jjn, bring it back and then the 
osts aboy Apartment works on it as a whole. 
1 turf. fte Educational Programming 
eball fiefc Committee is currently working on 
problem »sign language class and there are 
y too fen four ideas formulating for the 
oblem »ring leisure series. 
)rking tj* "If I didn't do everything I was 
before thi supposed to do as commissioner of 
jcademic affairs, I sincerely apolo- 
d the fiei rize," Wempren said, 
th the oh The SGA also passed a bill rec- 
aid wate ommending an extension for the 
londing ij |»urs of operation of the Friedman 
ise on thi 

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student union computer lab to bet- 
ter benefit the students. 

Sen. Matt Bartley said he talked 
to many students who kept coming 
to use a closed computer lab. 

"The only reason the lab closes 
so early is because the SGA passed 
the hours," Bartley said. 

The new recommended hours 
would extend from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., 
instead of the current 8 a.m. to 5 
p.m. hours. 

The SGA also passed a bill rec- 
ommending that the University 
level the brick crosswalks located 
on Caspari Street and Sam Sibley 
Drive over the Christmas holiday. 
Co-sponsors of the bill said the 
crosswalks have deteriorated to the 
point of becoming potentially haz- 
ardous obstructions to motor vehi- 

Sen. Kie Boyett said there is an 
inch or more drop in the cross- 

"Anyone driving over that at 
any rate of speed can be potentially 
dangerous so we're asking the uni- 
versity to level the bricks," Boyett 

A bill was passed to spend $3,500 
to bring, a U.S. soldier from Iraq, 
John Crawford, to NSU this spring 
as part of the Distinguished Lectur- 
er Series this spring. 



le artificial east side of campus for the WRAC 
it the rub Center parking lot. It will also 
t weatha help ease some of the parking lim- 
itation on the east side of campus, 
Sampite said. This lot will hold 75 
cars, be made from concrete and 
be complete by the end of Decem- 
ber, though it was also delayed by 
)he weather. 

During the last two years, 
Sampite said NSU has spent suffi- 
cient time and money to increase 
ampus parking. More than 350 
parking spaces have been added. 

Plans have been made to make 
repairs at Russell, Boozman and 
Vamado Hall parking lots Christ- 
mas break. A street overlay will 
extend from the front of the foot- 
ball field to about the tennis com- 

dy nose 
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vent. A 
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A worker uses a heavy duty airblower 
on Nov. 19 to clean off the old surface 
of the Sabine parking lot before it is 
to be recovered. 

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Students say performing unusual tasks at 
historic site is 'better than flipping burgers' 

By Thorn LaCaze 

Sauce Reporter 

The year is 1716. You and a small 
company of colonial soldiers are 
sent to Natchitoches to build and 
garrison an outpost to keep Span- 
ish forces from crossing the borders 
of the French Louisiane. 

You live at this outpost, working 
day in and day out protecting the 
inhabitants and supplies it holds. 
You repair the fort and perform the 
everyday activities needed for sur- 

Only a dream? Not for a few 
Northwestern students who work 
at Fort St. Jean Baptiste. 

For these students, reliving the 
past is an everyday event. 

"It's much better than flipping 
burgers," John Downing, junior 
Scholars' College student, said. 
The fort is "a little more intellectu- 
ally engaging." 

Downing, who serves as a Wage 
Interpreter at the fort, dresses in a 
colonial outfit provided by the fort 
and gives demonstrations on many 
18th century activities such as skin- 
ning animals, starting fires with 
flint and steel and even firing 
authentic cannons. He gives tours 
of the fort to visitors and reports on 
its history and traditions 

"You don't have to show up an 
expert," said Manager Rick Seale. 
"Just show interest [and] since 

school comes first, we work around 
student schedules." 

After a few weeks of training and 
learning about the time period, any 
new employee can be ready to han- 
dle interpreting life on the fort. 
Chances for promotion and 
advancement are available, Seale 
said, to those who devote enough 
time and effort. 

Because the new building is 
opening soon on Jefferson Street, 
more jobs are might open in the 
future. The new visitor center will 
include a little theatre, and a stand 
still museum. 

Working at the fort "gives you 
physical exercise and time to 
think," Chris Harris, a senior biolo- 
gy major, said. 

"I much rather work outdoors" 
said Harris who has been working 
there for two months. 

Not all the jobs on the fort 
involved dressing in colonial 
clothes and giving tours. Some jobs 
are tailored toward specific inter- 
ests or skills. Such is the case with 
Harris, who spends most of his 
time at work with maintenance 
chores like chopping wood, mow- 
ing the grass or repairing the fort. 

"There's always a project to be 
working on," Harris said about his 

The fort, open Monday through 
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 
offers many opportunities to learn, 
develop, and perfect skills present 

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Senior Psychology major Nicky Roach keeps the tradition of finger weaving alive 
while working at Fort St. Jean Baptiste in Natchitoches. 

in both 18th century life and today. 

"If s best to take a tour first," 
Downing said in advice to any stu- 
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The greatest reward of working 
at the fort? Downing said it is the 
amazement of a large visiting 
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Thursday, December 2, 2004 
the Current Sauce 


Economics 101 review 

By J. Aaron 
"Q" Brown 

The Republicans' newest pet 
project is to overhaul Social Securi- 
ty. The basic plan is simple: 
replace the current system, under 
which today's tax payers fund the 
benefits of today's seniors, with 
one in which, in addition to the 
current system, a portion of each 
person's taxes would go into a per- 
sonal retirement account, owned 
by a private corporation. Of 
course, doing this without increas- 
ing the costs or cutting current 
benefits, as the Republicans prom- 
ise to do, is a mathematical impos- 
sibility. However, the GOP touts 
privatization, which has to gener- 
ate profit in addition to all this 
extra money, as a miracle solution. 

And this whole time we're still 
borrowing more from Social Secu- 
rity funding. As ridiculous as it 
was to hear Al Gore bang away 
with the phrase "lock box" in 2000, 
it was a good idea. America is 
sinking itself deeper and deeper 
into debt and further devaluing a 
currency that is already losing 
ground against the Euro every day. 
This is a bad idea! 

Bush should know this is a bad 
idea. He made a policy of hiring 
top-notch economists for the Com- 
merce Department, but he routine- 
ly ignored their advice. Now, with 
a second term coming on, Bush is 
seeking replacements for all but 
one of the nation's five top eco- 
nomic posts (he likes his budget 
director). He'd hoped to catch 
some high-profile experts to help 

sell his tax code "simplification" 
and Social Security reform, but 
according to a recent Washington 
Post article, top-notch economists 
are no longer biting. 

And who can blame them? 
Many of them have been routinely 
ignored for two years, expected to 
be White House cheerleaders. MIT 
economist James Poterba declined 
to chair the Council of Economic 
Advisers, and Stanford's John 
Cogan, who worked for Bush sen- 
ior, has turned down a place on 
Dubya's Social Security reform 
squad. No one wants a position 
without influence. 

The mistakes Bush made in his 
first term are coming back to bite 
him in the hindquarters, but I 
doubt he will learn from them. 
For all his talk of relying on "a 
good team" to make informed 
decisions, he shows every sign of 
simply clamping down even hard- 
er on dissent within the adminis- 
tration to present the image of 

Mr. Hargis wrote some things 
last week that were ridiculous. In 
fact, there were so many of them 
that were so ridiculous, I just did- 
n't have room to cover it here, so I 
have posted an open letter to him 
at for those who care 
to read. You can also expect two 
or three updates on that site over 
the break. 

Everyone have a happy holiday 
season, and I'll be back next 
semester! Write to if you've 
got something to say. 

James Aaron Brown is a senior 
Humanities and Social Thought 
major. His opinions do not 
reflect the Sauce staff or the Uni- 

The Best of 

BY Connor Johnson 

Issue: June 24, 2004 

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Letter to the Editor 

Alumnus calls for students 
to "Practice What You 

Mr. Shatwell's column concern- 
ing the moral majority's misdirect- 
ed approach to abortion issues 
made me decide to write about an 
issue which has troubled me for 
many years. Namely, that this 
"moral majority," and indeed the 
right in general, has appropriated 
Jesus and his teachings for them- 
selves and their representative 
party. My problem with this is that 
their attitudes and behaviors are 
completely divergent from the 
spirit and character of Christ's 
teachings. Christ was a doer, a real 
grassroots activist who made sure 
his actions matched his rhetoric. 
He spoke of inclusiveness and love, 
not labeling and hate. He brought 
the prostitute into his fold because 
he knew that she had just as much 
right to life in this world as any- 
body else. I might add that he 
pointed out that we are all sinners 

(yes, even you conservative 
activists). You, too, are not perfect. 
But, if you really believe in the 
teachings of Jesus, which is your 
business, you should be trying to 
emulate Christ and avoid sin, and I 
am afraid that means accepting 
others even if they are sinners. 

Not only that, and this is going 
to come as a shock to the Republi- 
cans out there, it means actually 
helping your fellow man. I know, I 
know, one would think that Jesus 
would definitely be for deregula- 
tion of business across the board 
and getting rid of taxation outright, 
but, upon further examination, I 
think you'll find it more likely that 
he would be heavily pro-welfare 
and support any other organiza- 
tion dedicated to eradicating 
poverty. He believed one should 
give away worldly possessions for 
the benefit of others, not that accu- 
mulation of wealth was a worth- 
while goal. He himself practiced 
what he preached and lived a pau- 
per's life dedicated to helping the 

less fortunate. Bad news for the 
corporations and wealthy individ- 
uals who are carving up the world 
amongst themselves, turns out the 
poor and meek shall inherit the 
earth. Think about that next time 
before you write them off without a 
second thought. 

A final word for those who will 
probably wand to write back, it 
also means you probably shouldn't 
be full of hate and poisonous invec- 
tive. If you find yourself agreeing 
with the nasty, bitter, and just plain 
mean opinions spat out by Ann 
Coulter and her ilk, you probably 
don't see eye to eye with Jesus 
Christ. I am tired of listening to 
alleged Christians shout angrily 
about their "faith" and issues con- 
nected to it. I would point out 
once again that Christ did not 
behave this way. The only time 
Christ yelled in anger (pay atten- 
tion Republicans) was when he 
threw out the moneylenders. He 
met all other challenges, including 
his own death, with a calm accept- 

ance. Just thought I would pnj 
empt any sarcastic and catty analy. 
sis by Miss Rhea, or any angry sug, 
gestions that I leave if I don't like i 
by Mister Cason, or whatever vitjj /\ / %A 
olic drivel Mister Hargis miglj/jLl / 
direct my way. Oh, and don't both, 
er writing in about my hypocritica 
writing style, I'm not a Christiai 
and don't claim to follow Christ 
When I didn't find any Christian) 
in the church, I took Mister Cason'i As th 
advice and left it. I hope Mistq ights up 
Hargis in particular pays attentioi al, NSU 
to my message, because some q tage foi 
his letters are so full of hate that faction c 
can't believe he isn't embarrassed Gala. Tl 
I imagine a meeting between hdhursda 
and Jesus would end with Jesus Frederic! 
saying something along the lina lentatior 
of, "Hey, you in the back. Didn't 9 p m 
you hear me tell you to put down 
that stone?" 


Chris Billioux 
NSU Alumnus 

THE RIGHT SIDE Sales tax: love it or hate it? 

By T. Hargis 

As the holiday season and the 
national season of black is in full 
force, that is the time of year 
where most retailers move from 
the red to the black in financial 
matters, we are all doing budgets 
for the Christmas shopping spree. 
I guess you could buy the gifts 
ahead of time and spread out the 
pain on your wallet, or you could 
be like the rest of us who spend 
the money now on credit and pay 
most of it off at 22 percent when 
tax refund checks get in around 
May. So why can't we be on a cash 
system? Let me spend my cash 
now and not get raped by the 
plastic card companies. Insert the 
national sales tax. 

No, Steve Forbes isn't running 
for president. If you don't remem- 

ber, he was the guy who wanted a 
flat tax for all Americans regard- 
less of what you made, also called 
the "fair tax" or "your fair share." 
The poor and lower-middle class 
hated it because, hello, it would 
increase their tax liability. No one, 
especially the poor, deserves to 
pay more in taxes. 

Let's look at the overall picture 
of this latest version, and there 
have been many, of the national 
sales tax bills making their way 
through the House and Senate. 
Generally, they are the same with 
both setting a national flat sales 
tax on goods and services. Your 
first $15,000 would be free in one 
bill and a rebate in another. This is 
the poverty level that currently 
receives no tax liability in the fed- 
eral system. The tax has been sug- 
gested at 25 -30 percent, but that 
still has to be worked out in com- 
mittee since both bills will have 
different ideas as to how to struc- 
ture this mass transition. The tax 
would be collected by retailers and 
regulated at the state level. 

People who will love and hate 
the national sales tax: 

Love it - Environmentalist 
whackos - no more IRS paper- 
work to file 

Hate it - H&R Block - no more 
IRS paperwork to file 

Love it - Spouses who have to 
shelter themselves from the family 
during tax season 

Hate it - Spouses now have to 
find another excuse to shelter 
themselves from the family dur- 
ing "tax season" 

Love it - The federal budget 
should shrink by 7 billion dollars 
and eliminate the IRS as we know 

Hate it - The state budget will 
have to hire a few people to collect 
this new tax 

Love it - "Soccer Moms" - 
when they buy their family's 
Christmas gift, and have more 
money to spend 

Hate it - "Soccer Moms" - 
when they get sticker shock at the 
front checkout counter 

Love it - Students in Dr. Aich's 

constitutional law class- one less 
amendment to learn! 

Hate it - Legislatures that have 
to ratify this change to the consti- 
tution and have to listen to the 
hours of debate that won't change 
a thing 

Love it or hate it, we as a nation 
need to keep an eye on this bill so 
it won't be unfair to the bottom 
two thirds of the national work 
force. I think all high end items 
should carry an additional per- 
centage to offset a lower end 
model's discounted percentage. 
Want a Ford? Pay the average tax] 
Want a Lexus or a BMW? Pay a 
higher tax. If you can afford the 
car, you should be able to afford I 
the tax. The only real winners are 
the lobbying groups that are going 
to be making a fortune fighting for 
every side of the coin. I just hope 
I'm on at least one side. 

T. Hargis is a senior general 
studies major. His opinions do 
not necessarily reflect the Sauce 
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Chief Caddo: the Myth and the Reality 

By Justin 

Once again, our school has par- 
ticipated in a long standing rivalry 
with Stephen F. Austin to deter- 
mine who will get to hang on to 
Chief Caddo this year. For those 
who don't know, Chief Caddo is a 
large wooden trophy carved to 
look like an American Indian 
wearing leather clothing with a 
large feathered headdress. It is 
meant to honor the great Caddo 
Chief who sent his two sons to 
found the sister towns of Natchi- 
toches and Nacogdoches. 

Unfortunately, this chief never 
existed. His legend is not only 
false, it isn't even a Caddoan leg- 
end. It's just a rumor that kind of 
appeared sometime during the 
early 20th century. It has no roots 
in the Caddoan oral history, and 
more than likely, it was just made 
up as a story for the tourists. Also, 
the American Indian portrayed in 

the statue is by no means a Caddo. 
Chief Caddo is clearly a Plains 
Indian. The actual Caddo were 
not. The carver apparently knew 
little about the culture of the 
Caddo when he crafted the statue. 

I am strongly against the use of 
American Indians as mascots. 
Though I understand that they are 
not meant to be derogatory, I think 
the practice shows a deep igno- 
rance amongst the American peo- 
ple about the history and heritage 
of American Indians. These mas- 
cots do not honor the historical 
reality of these tribes. Rather, they 
evoke the mythic Indian archetype 
of the Old West legends. When 
we think of Indians, we think of 
John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, 
and of tomahawks, war parties 
and scalpings. To most people 
today, American Indians are the 
thing of dreams and legends, not 
an ethnic minority with a rich her- 
itage and a full history. 

This is what makes Chief Caddo 
and other Indian mascots deroga- 
tory. While we claim to honor 
them with the Tomahawk chop, 
we ignore the gruesome history of 
our country's relations with these 

people. The U.S. government 
committed genocide against the 
American Indians. This is a fact. 
As a nation, we are guilty of theft, 
murder, rape and deception. Yet 
what do we do to atone for this? 
Instead of owning up to our past 
and earnestly teaching our chil- 
dren of our fore-father's mistakes, 
we dedicate a baseball team in 
Atlanta to those people whose 
land was stolen to build the city 
upon, and exchange bills bearing 
the face of the man who perpetrat- 
ed this tragedy for foam toma- 
hawks to cheer on America's pas- 

I have actually had the pleasure 
of meeting the real Chief of the 
Caddo. His name is Rufus Davis 
and he is a middle aged man who 
lives in the Adais community near 
Spanish Lake, north of Robeline. I 
have studied the history of his 
people and know that there are 
many true stories we could cele- 
brate about them. For instance, in 
1731 Natchitoches was attacked by 
the Natchez Indians. The inhabi- 
tants of the fort would have been 
massacred had it not been for the 
hundreds of reinforcements the 

Caddo tribes sent to our aid. 
Despite this act of friendship and 
sacrifice, outside of the historical 
associations there are only two 
public memorials to the Caddo 
people in the city of Natchitoches. 
One is a plaque on Front Street 
that commemorates the day we 1 
shipped them from their homes to 
Oklahoma. The other is a large 
wooden football trophy that com' 
memorates a mythical Indian for 
committing mythical deeds. 

I am not against having a trophy 
that celebrates the Caddo people. 
They are worthy of our praise and 
our thanks. However, would it 
kill us to retire the current Chief 
Caddo for a monument that truly 
represented the Caddo people arid 
respected their heritage and histo- 
ry? For those who would answer 
no, I suggest you find a Caddo 
and try to explain your position W 

Justin Shatwell is a Louisiana 
Scholar's College Student. His 
opinions do not reflect the Sam 
staff or the University. 

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